Questions of Practice: Cynthia Ling Lee, Choreographer and Dance Scholar

Cynthia Ling Lee, choreographer. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on March 7, 2013.

Cynthia Ling Lee is a contemporary choreographer who draws on both postmodern and North Indian classical kathak training in her dance making. When she was last at the Center, we asked her how she thinks about the relationship between innovation and preservation. She surprised us with her answer.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Richard Maxwell, playwright and director, is the artistic director of New York City Players and a two-time Off-Broadway Theater Award winner.

As part of its public art project The Village will hold a series of open mics hosted by artist-in-residence Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh.

Grants & Grantees

Since 1980, Susan Hess Modern Dance has sought to grow the audience for contemporary dance and support independent dance artists in the Philadelphia community.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kaytie Johnson is the Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator at the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design.

Grants & Grantees

A retrospective of selected dances by Trisha Brown, an internationally known leader of post-modernism and an enduring renegade whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia.

“Extraordinary Indian classical dancer” Sarukkai performed at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a Center-funded concert presented by Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society.

Grants & Grantees

In 2006 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.

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.”

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding director of Urban Bush Women, on why “wanting profound social change and being an artist [are] not contradictory or binary places.”

Grants & Grantees

Since 1993, Headlong Dance Theater has created over 40 works under the leadership of founders David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith.

Grants & Grantees

Leah Stein choreographed a dance to an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang that eventually toured to San Francisco.