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.
In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
In celebration of their 140th season, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will reconstruct Felix Mendelssohn’s 1841 revision of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, in an American premiere at Girard College Chapel.
Nichole Canuso Dance Company is building an internal fundraising structure that can grow or contract as the scope of the company’s projects changes with each year.
Four flamenco scholars weigh in on the connections between flamenco and popular culture in varying historical contexts.
Janet Pilla reconstructed, documented, and performed the 30-minute solo The Farewell, Pauline Koner’s iconic tribute to Doris Humphrey.
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.
Theater artist Alex Torra creates devised, experimental performances that combine theater, dance, and music.
Charlotte Blake Alston is a storyteller, a singer, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.
New Paradise Laboratories is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater.
Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”
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.