Simon Dove is an independent curator and educator, and a co-curator of Crossing the Line, the annual trans-disciplinary fall festival in New York City. Dove was curator and artistic director of Springdance, the international festival of new developments in dance and performance in the Netherlands, from 2000–07. While in that position, he pioneered artist residency exchange programs with other European cities, as well as New York. Prior to that he ran the Yorkshire Dance Centre in Leeds, one of the first National Dance Agencies in the UK, and was the founder and artistic director of Vivarta, the first contemporary South Asian performance festival in the UK. Other international projects have included work with the Amsterdam Choreography Master’s program (Netherlands), Rachid Ouramdane (France), the Guardians of Doubt (UK), the Arab Dance Platform (Lebanon), Attakalari (India), and TseKH (Russia). Dove has written articles, devised and presented a series on dance and music for BBC Radio 3, and mentored students and professional artists from many countries in developing their creative practices. He was professor of practice and director of the School of Dance at Arizona State University from 2007–12.
Dove was a Center panelist in 2011 and an LOI panelist in 2012. In 2013, he served as chair of the dance panel, and in 2014, he served as chair of the Performance panel.
Leah Stein choreographed a dance to an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang that eventually toured to San Francisco.
Curator Lee Tusman on curating a site-specific performance informed by and presented at the Barnes Foundation.
Dance Iquail’s artistic director, Iquail Shaheed, seeks to create dance projects that tell stories not frequently heard in the performing arts, and to engage with audiences drawn from Mantua, the West Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.
Prior to the opening of his play Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, Phillips met with Rosemurgy, a 2012 Pew Fellow, to discuss the intersection of historical investigation and creative license.
In 2010, the Center hosted Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, for an interview at The Wilma Theater, prior to the American premiere of Leaving, his first play in 20 years.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Pastora Galván.
Hazami Sayed is the founder and executive director of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
FringeArts presented the US premiere of Operetta by acclaimed playwright Witold Gombrowicz, directed by Michał Zadara, with new music by Leszek Możdżer.
Founded in 1982, the Chemical Heritage Foundation fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society.
Gabrielle Revlock shares a solo version of her recent duet with Nicole Bindler, about two female artists in a spectacle-driven world.
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.
FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.