Viji Rao

Director of Three Aksha School of Performing Arts, Viji Rao is a dancer trained in Bharatanatyam, a classical South Indian dance form marked by expressive hand gestures and elaborate rhythmic patterns. In 2012, with Center support, Rao developed a series of solo works that expanded upon her artistic roots in South Indian dance in collaboration with Hari Krishnan, artistic director of INDANCE, Toronto, who specializes in experimental exploration of Bharatanatyam traditions; C.V. Chandrasekhar, one of India’s most highly regarded Bharatanatyam practitioners who creates choreography within the canon of traditional vocabulary; and Delhi’s Santosh Nair, who will creates contemporary works based in the generations-old martial art form of Chhau.

References

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.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.

Grants & Grantees

“The things to me that are the most interesting,” says visual artist and 2007 Pew Fellow Adelaide Paul, “are the things that by their very nature have no answers.”

Grants & Grantees

Dancer, choreographer, and 2011 Pew Fellow Tania Isaac presented a performance installation in June 2013, at which audiences were encouraged to share their thoughts through photos, writing, and self-recordings.

Jaye Allison collaborated with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group to create a new work honoring the five original Silver Belles.

“Dancing around the Bride* at the Philadelphia Museum of Art told “the story of five extraordinary artists and what happened to art and culture when their lives and work intersected,” said curator Carlos Basualdo.

Grants & Grantees

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

Grants & Grantees

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers is one of the country’s foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies, celebrating the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit.

Built in 1836, Laurel Hill was one of the country’s first rural cemeteries. In the 21st century, the cemetery attracts visitors to musical programs, tours, photography programs, and more.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Maria Bauman is the founder and artistic director of MBDance, which has received Harlem Stage Fund for New Work awards through the Jerome Foundation, among other honors. Bauman served on the Center’s Performance panel in 2014 and 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Peter d’Agostino is a multimedia artist and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is a theater artist, director of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.