Susanna Sloat is a writer, editor, and arts consultant in New York City who has written about a diverse range of dance. She is the editor of Caribbean Dance from Abakuá to Zouk: How Movement Shapes Identity (winner of the de la Torre Bueno Prize for 2003) and of Making Caribbean Dance: Continuity and Creativity in Island Cultures. She served as a Center panelist in dance from 2009–10 and as a LOI panelist in 2011.
Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.
Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women, a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.
Brian Phillips (Pew Fellow, 2011) is founding principal of Interface Studio Architects, based in the South Kensington area of Philadelphia.
WXPN’s yearlong Center-funded project Zydeco Crossroads continues with a free dance party featuring the Grammy-award winning zydeco funk band Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.
Legendary downtown theater artist Richard Schechner asks, “What’s the difference between forgery and art,” between “new” and “original?”
Jamillah James is assistant curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Caribbean-American dancer-choreographer Tania Isaac (Pew Fellow, 2011) fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary.
David Kiehl became curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1993. Previously, he curated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wolfsonian Foundation in Miami Beach.
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.
On February 21, 2015, the Center launched our new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, at Danspace Project in New York City.
Merián Soto continued to develop the Branch Dance Series, a deeply meditative, multimedia performative process that became the basis for her piece in the 2009 FringeArts Festival.
Pasión y Arte’s Philadelphia Flamenco Festival will host this film screening of Carlos Saura’s Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), featuring a discussion with Michelle Heffner Hayes.