Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers.

Wendy Rogers has been a professor of dance at the University of California, Riverside, since 1996. She has choreographed and performed contemporary dances for over 40 years, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and now Riverside. The Wendy Rogers Dance Company, her primary project from 1977 to 1990, performed her work nationally, in Europe and the Middle East. Her subsequent ten-year project, MAKESHIFT dancing (1991–2000), framed performances as editions of an evolving body of material constructed with partners such as composer John Luther Adams and dance artist Sara Rudner, among others. In Rogers’ new project, See What Happens (2011 to the present), her choreography continues explorations of dance as architecture of action, investigating the ways people shape place, and the ways place shapes human movement and interaction. Rogers has received grants and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Irvine Fellowships in Dance, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2009 Fulbright Fellowship for work in Malaysia. Her film work includes location choreography for George Lucas’ Return of the Jedi. She taught choreography and improvisation at the University of California, Berkeley from 1982 to 1992.

In September 2007, Rogers participated in a discussion at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with Sara Rudner, introduced by Lisa Kraus, which was later published on the Center’s website.


A music and movement performance that will offer audiences a distinctive interpretation of Miguel de Cervantes’ four-century-old classic, Don Quixote.

Grants & Grantees

Performance art, pop-up storybook design techniques, and a cinematic score will combine in a visual theater work for children and adults devised and performed by Phillips, in collaboration with visual artist Steven Dufala and composer Juan Gabriel Turbay.

Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera will present her 1998 performance work Displacement.

Grants & Grantees

Artistic Director Nichole Canuso likes to explore “dances that celebrate the awkwardness, humor and surprise in human experience.”

Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, the performing, and visual.

We asked Center colleagues, interlocutors, grantees, and staff: “What inspired you this year?”

Grants & Grantees

Nicholas Kripal is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Julie Carr is the author of several books of poetry, co-publisher of Counterpath Press, and a 2011 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.


A new multimedia dance work by Jungwoong Kim examining the universality of sudden loss and trauma.

FringeArts co-commissioned and presented this world premiere based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel and created by New York-based company Elevator Repair Service.

An award-winning composer-vocalist, Bielawa has worked with Anthony Braxton, Philip Glass Ensemble, and John Zorn. We asked her: How is technology impacting our expectations of live music?

Theater magazine editor Tom Sellar talked with legendary avant-garde performer Kate Valk on the exciting challenges presented by the Wooster Group’s 2011–12 theater season.