Dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown founded the Brooklyn-based contemporary dance ensemble Evidence, A Dance Company, in 1985. Evidence focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and the spoken word. Music and text fuel Brown’s storytelling, which uses a broad range of musical forms from classical and world music to pop and hip-hop. Two of his many works include Come Ye, inspired by the work of jazz singer Nina Simone and the events of September 11; and Grace, a spiritual journey set to the music of Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, Jr., and Fela Anikulapo Kuti, originally choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Brown also has created work for the African American Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, among others. Among his many honors are a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Choreography, a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, and a Black Theater Alliance Award. Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000 and received the United States Artists Rose Fellowship in 2006—one of only four choreographers out of 50 artists to receive the inaugural award.
Founded in 2013 by Michał Zadara, Centrala is a theater company based in Warsaw, Poland.
The Center welcomed choreographer and iLAND founder Jennifer Monson, who moderated our first-ever all-day listening session.
Bhratanatyam dancer and choreographer Malavika Sarukkai will present a performance lecture that ties the language of Indian classical dance to its interpretation in the visual arts.
The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.
Mufulu Kingambo Gilonda is a dance artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang will create a new composition for 1,000 broken instruments gathered from Philadelphia public schools, to be performed by a 600-member orchestra comprised of students, teachers, and professional and amateur musicians.
Four flamenco scholars weigh in on the connections between flamenco and popular culture in varying historical contexts.
Nick Stuccio, President and Producing Director at FringeArts, on how curation in performance might differ from curation in the visual arts.
For 14 years Jenny Andrews served as botanical programs coordinator at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville. Most recently she was director of education for the Garden Conservancy.
Thaddeus Phillips (Pew Fellow, 2002) creates theater works that use transformational scenography, documentary footage, and improvisation to peer into not-often seen worlds.
Recognized as one of the world’s leading conservatories, The Curtis Institute of Music (Curtis) was founded in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok. Curtis has educated and trained some of the most exceptionally gifted young musicians from around the world for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.
Barbara Bullock is a painter and a 1997 Pew Fellow.