Ralph Lemon

Ralph Lemon.

Ralph Lemon, Artistic Director of Cross Performance, is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and visual artist dedicated to cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary work. In 2012, he received one of the first Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards. Lemon is the recipient of a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Work; and a 2005 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award in recognition of The Geography Trilogy. Lemon also worked with 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier during the planning process for his project The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, which received a Discovery grant from the Center in 2012. In 2012, he served as a Center dance panelist and an LOI panelist.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Robert H. Browning, born in Singapore and educated in London, was the founding director of New York City’s World Music Institute, a position from which he retired in 2011.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kathleen McLean, principal of Independent Exhibitions, recently co-facilitated the Center’s project, No Idea Is Too Ridiculous, with Performa curator Mark Beasley.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Chuck Treece is known as a seasoned guitarist, bassist, drummer, vocalist, and, in many circles, a skateboarding legend.

Grants & Grantees

Known for innovation, creativity, and preservation of African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco has been dancing in the Philadelphia community since 1970.

We asked Lee how she thinks about the relationship between innovation with preservation.

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performed the regional premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Two seminal figures of the New York dance world—Bill T. Jones and Susan Rethorst—sat down to talk about their distinct practices and the evolution of the field.

WXPN’s yearlong project explores the origins and evolution of zydeco, a form of African-American roots music that blends Cajun traditions, blues, and R&B. On Saturday, December 13, Zydeco Crossroads and Allons Danser welcome zydeco musicians Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys to Norristown’s Holy Saviour Club for a holiday potluck and dance party.

Fall kicks off with a packed schedule of Center-funded projects, including exhibition openings from Temple Contemporary and The Galleries at Moore, and performance premieres at the 2015 Fringe Festival that push the boundaries of genre and form.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with a company of world-class dancers to “forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace.”

Grants & Grantees

Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity.

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