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.
Film, television, and stage actor Robert Prosky (1930–2008) had hundreds of credits to his name in television, film, and the theater.
Operating onsite at Revolution Recovery, a recycling company in Northeast Philadelphia, RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) is an arts organization acting as an artist-in-residency program, a materials supplier for artists and designers, a mouthpiece for outreach and education, and a source for exhibitions.
People’s Light is one of Pennsylvania’s largest professional nonprofit theaters and is known for its resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions, and for innovative work with young people.
Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian.
Opera Philadelphia and the Wilma Theater will explore the Don Juan legend in scenes from theatrical works inspired by the famed lover.
The Kimmel Center, Inc., best known as a presenting organization and home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, is one of the most well-attended cultural venues in Philadelphia.
Carnatic musician and composer Kiranavali Vidyasankar talks with us about continuing her family’s musical legacy, the role of tradition in her artistic practice, and more.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of participatory sites created through the large-scale, multi-part project, Philadelphia Assembled.
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.
Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland shares her thoughts on restaging, reconstruction, reenactment, and reconstruction in dance.
Gerald Cyrus, Jr. is a visual artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
The third article in the American Impresario series features Wein, pianist, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and many others.