Natasha Bakht is an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer. She trained in bharata natyam under Menaka Thakkar for 20 years, touring internationally with her company. As a member of the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company based in London, Bakht toured and performed in celebrated dance venues around the world, including Sadler’s Wells and the Joyce Theater. She has also worked with choreographers Yvonne Coutts, Wayne McGregor, and Roger Sinha and appeared in several festivals, including the Canada Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Her dance works Obiter Dictum and Dafeena were nominated for Dora Awards in 2003 and 2010. In 2008, she received the K.M. Hunter Award, presented to artists in Ontario who have made a significant contribution to their field. Her dances have been the subject of two films by Mouvement Perpétuel. She is a founding member of The Ottawa Dance Directive, a professional contemporary dance center in Ottawa. In 2015, she was a panelist in Performance.
Annenberg Center Live presented Basil Twist’s Petrushka and held workshops for local puppeteers, which included a tour of Twist’s studio.
Dr. R. Larry Todd comments on the significance that the multiple interpretations of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion engender for different generations.
In 2011, playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith spoke at a Center-hosted event about the evolution of her one-woman show.
Conceived by Canuso and multimedia director Lars Jan, Nichole Canuso and Lars Jan’s multimedia dance work was presented at the 2010 FringeArts Festival.
FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.
Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
International House Philadelphia, in collaboration with Ars Nova Workshop, presented a concert series that featured leading figures of the Free Jazz movement.
While Jens Hoffmann was in Philadelphia to lecture at the Center in 2011, he made a few “studio” visits with local dance companies and described the experience to us.
Tracie Morris is a poet, performer, and scholar and an associate professor of humanities and media studies at Pratt Institute.
Janine Antoni creates work in performance art, sculpture, and photography.
Artistic Director Nichole Canuso likes to explore “dances that celebrate the awkwardness, humor and surprise in human experience.”
The PRISM Quartet presents new works composed and performed by Dave Liebman and Greg Osby.