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) >


Collaborators & Colleagues

Cynthia Oliver is a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”)-winning choreographer whose work has been presented nationally and internationally.

Grants & Grantees

Jumatatu Poe developed The Flight Attendants, a satirical commentary on the service industry, during summer workshops with members of his company, idiosynCrazy productions.

Grants & Grantees

The Kimmel Center, Inc., best known as a presenting organization and home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, is one of the most well-attended cultural venues in Philadelphia.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dance Iquail’s artistic director, Iquail Shaheed, seeks to create dance projects that tell stories not frequently heard in the performing arts, and to engage with audiences drawn from Mantua, the West Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ralph B. Peña is a playwright, actor, and the artistic director of Ma-Yi Theater Company, a New York-based theater group that develops and produces new Asian-American plays.

Flamenco purists may consider Israel Galván a rebel, though he doesn’t see it that way.

A multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions.

Grants & Grantees

Hilary Harp is a sculptor and installation artist, and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Over its 18-year history, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Lively Arts Series has engaged local and national artists to share their work with the college and surrounding Blue Bell community.

Grants & Grantees

In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

A conversation with Pew Fellow Jumatatu Poe, Donte Beacham, and LaKendrick Davis on the underground dance style of J-Sette and how Poe drew on its legacy for Private Places, a new Center-funded work.