Questions of Practice: Thomas DeFrantz, Choreographer and Dance Scholar

Thomas DeFrantz, choreographer and professor of African & African-American Studies and Dance at Duke University. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on March 7, 2013.

As a choreographer, performer, and scholar, Thomas DeFrantz is interested how artists can harness technological tools for creative ends. In 2013, we asked him how changes in technology are impacting the ways in which artists produce narrative.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Toshi Reagon has collaborated with top innovators across a wide spectrum of the entertainment field for nearly 30 years. Reagon served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.

Grants & Grantees

Frances McElroy (Pew Fellow, 2009) creates elegantly crafted documentaries that delve deeply into personal stories.

We asked Philadelphia theater artist Mary Tuomanen to comment on the notion and nature of time in performance.

Grants & Grantees

Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Director Romeo Castellucci’s work returns to Philadelphia with The Four Seasons Restaurant, which uses the infamous unfulfilled Mark Rothko commission as a jumping-off point to explore the impact of absence on the human psyche.

Rosario Toledo performs Vengo, a piece that switches in and out of the flamenco idiom, originally created to be performed in the streets of her hometown of Cádiz, Spain.

Nichole Canuso Dance Company is building an internal fundraising structure that can grow or contract as the scope of the company’s projects changes with each year.

A concert series celebrated the music and life of the Philadelphia jazz trumpeter and composer Clifford Brown.

The award-winning choreographer’s striking approach was exemplified in Artifact Suite, which received its Philadelphia premiere with Pennsylvania Ballet in June 2013 performances.

“I don’t think accessibility is something separate from excellence…it all has to be excellent,” says David Devan, Opera Philadelphia general director and president.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator and been the director of Contemporary Art Centre of Brétigny in greater Paris since 2003.