After dancing as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984 to 1993, and the White Oak Dance Project from 1994 to 1996, Patricia Lent teaches, stages, and conducts workshops at the Merce Cunningham Trust, where she is a Trustee and Director of Licensing. She was on faculty at the Merce Cunningham Studio for over twenty years, and has staged Cunningham’s work for numerous schools and companies, including Fabrications for Ballet de Lorraine, Scramble for Repertory Dance Theater, Duets for American Ballet Theatre, Channels/Inserts for Lyon Opera Ballet, Beach Birds for North Carolina School of the Arts, and Roaratorio for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Legacy Tour.
In October 2013, Lent participated in a roundtable discussion at FringeArts in Philadelphia, produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, along with Richard Schechner (NYU) and Sharon Hayes (visual artist), moderated by Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley). That same weekend Lucinda Childs re-presented a half-dozen of her early dance works, with Center funding; the group met to discuss reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment across artistic fields.
Arden Theatre Company premieres a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, the culmination of a two-year exploration into the playwright and his work.
Pew Fellow Lori Waselchuk’s photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans and the hospice at Angola Prison in Louisiana bring us into intimate contact with complex subjects.
Over her 40-year career in performance, Merián Soto (Pew Fellow, 2015) has focused on investigating the living body and its relationship to consciousness. Her conceptual and process-based pieces work towards, in the artist’s words, “a dance of the future, a dance of healing, transformation, and transcendence.”
The final article in the American Impresario series features Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble, which has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music.”
Independent curator Claire Tancons discusses the complex issue of institutional resistance among artists of particular backgrounds.
Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the CBS Philly website, and on WRTI.
taisha paggett is a Los Angeles-based artist whose individual and collaborative work for the stage, gallery, and public space takes up questions of the body, agency, and the phenomenology of race and gender. In 2015, paggett served as a Performance LOI panelist.
Eleone Dance Theatre is a Philadelphia-based troupe dedicated to dance that celebrates intergenerational and multicultural themes.
Joy Bivins is director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts recently announced plans for the Philadelphia Freedom Festival to honor early, Philadelphia-based civil rights activist, Octavius Catto.
The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.
The Mississippi Blues Project featured eight exceptional blues musicians who made their regional debuts, all of whom were selected for their contributions to the genre and its continuing evolution as a vibrant folk art form.