Kate Watson-Wallace

2007 Pew Fellow

Kate Watson-Wallace, 2007 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.

“There’s all this cool stuff that I can do in these spaces that becomes more interesting, because [I] have extra surfaces to work against, all these physical restrictions.”

A 2007 Pew Fellow, Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer and visual artist, and the co-director of anonymous bodies. Described by Philadelphia Weekly as someone who “busts apart classic audience-performer dynamics by framing the action up close […] and bringing art to audiences in common spaces,” Watson-Wallace is known for her small, site-specific works such as House and Car, taking her audiences on intimate, human-scaled journeys. She bucked this trend with her recent Center-supported projects, which focus on online contests, audiences and movement trends. House had a sold-out run at the 2006 FringeArts Festival, followed by a glowing New York Times review.

Watson-Wallace has participated locally in Satores (Bulgaria) Lab/Exchange; Artists U; Dance Theater Camp; and nationally in Glenwood Springs Dance Festival, CO. As a performer, she has danced as part of Jane Comfort and Company, New York; Group Motion, Philadelphia; and Carol Brown, Philadelphia and London, England. In 2006, Watson-Wallace was honored with two professional development grants from Dance Advance and a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council of Arts. She has served as choreographer-in-residence at Susan Hess Modern Dance and performed as a dancer with Headlong Dance Theater.

References

Grants & Grantees

The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.

Grants & Grantees

Syd Carpenter is a sculptor and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Michael Djupstrom premieres a new piano quintet at the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Beth Kephart and Caroline Lathan-Stiefel display works at the Philadelphia International Airport, and The New York Times reviews Chris Forsyth’s new album.

Grants & Grantees

In 1996 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 28 dance and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble released a video trailer for its Center-funded performance, Steppes: A Crossover, featuring the premiere of a piece by Mark Morris.

Grants & Grantees

Yvonne Bobrowicz is a fiber artist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

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An online platform interpreted Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and invited audience-created content.

Questions of Practice

Rainey is a 2013 Pew Fellow, a soprano saxophonist and composer, one half of improvisational duo nmperign, and leader of the BSC, an eight-member ensemble that uses both acoustic and electronic instruments.

Grants & Grantees

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble presented a home season program featuring Ukrainian costumes and live music by violinist Vasyl Popadiuk.

Artifact Suite by choreographer William Forsythe features 29 dancers in choreography that pushes them beyond their perceived physical limits, demanding sharp timing, precise syncopation, and coordination.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Argeo Ascani is Curator for Music at EMPAC, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 2015, he served as a Pew Fellowships panelist.

Grants & Grantees

Tanya M. Barrientos is a writer and a 2001 Pew Fellow.