Lisa Kraus

A resident of Philadelphia since 2000, Lisa Kraus has worked extensively as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and writer. With Center support, Kraus recently established a new platform for dance writing and commentary with, a site that exists to “catalyze conversation about dance and to develop the skills of dance writers in the Philadelphia area.” Her current challenge, which reflects a field-wide issue across the performing arts sector, is how to develop this project into an alternative and substantial platform for disseminating understanding about how to see and think about dance.

Kraus has contributed several articles to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s Document(s) series, a library of commentary on people and issues in the dance field:

“Nieuwe Nederlandse Dans: On the Dutch Hothouse and the Blossoming of Dance” (PDF) >

“Presence : Absence: The Search for Isadora Duncan on Kopanos” (PDF) >

“Six Reflections / Six Snapshots from Hong Kong and Cambodia” (PDF) >


WRTI spoke with Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser about the company’s final offering of the 2012–13 season.

Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.

Choreographer Stephen Petronio on how his past dances and embodied memory influence future creations.

Through the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center presents a new work by choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson.

The Arden Theatre Company will bolster its capability to produce new children’s theater through a one-year artistic exchange and collaboration with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis.

Fleisher Art Memorial is implementing new communication strategies meant to transform the organization into a more welcoming and accessible space for its South Philadelphia neighbors.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble created new costumes and re-orchestrated the music for the company’s Carpathian dances.

Grants & Grantees

In addition to company productions, Group Motion hosts regular improvisational movement workshops, which allow the public to employ dance as a language of expression.

In perceiving the “just this”-ness, Group Motion Dance Company shares a preview of a new work by choreographer Susan Rethorst.

Grants & Grantees

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Malik Gaines is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. He is curator at large at LAXART and a member of the performance art collective My Barbarian.

Viji Rao developed three distinctive works to expand her artistic roots in South Indian dance, based on incarnations of the Hindu goddess Devi.