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.

Swarthmore College presents the North American premiere of Chopin Without Piano, featuring an interpretive theatrical and musical piece that will reveal new insights into Fryderyk Chopin as both a historical figure and a masterful composer.

BalletX presented the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Still@Life and Helen Pickett’s Union.

A multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Founded in 2013 by Michał Zadara, Centrala is a theater company based in Warsaw, Poland.

Independent curator Claire Tancons discusses the complex issue of institutional resistance among artists of particular backgrounds.

Grants & Grantees

Experimental music presenter Ars Nova Workshop produced five recordings on the record label High Two.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lucinda Childs is one of America’s most important modern choreographers and an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, and media artist whose work encompasses electro-acoustic improvisation, video, synthesizer, voice, contrabass, and bass guitar.

Grants & Grantees

This world premiere play, written by the Wilma’s artistic director Blanka Zizka, invites audiences to consider the immigrant experience and questions surrounding identity, homeland and exile, the idealism of youth, and the compromises of adulthood.

Grants & Grantees

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre creates performance with a focus on devised work that often includes forays into pop culture, political satire, and the human condition.