Questions of Practice: “What is Reconstruction?”

“If I go in and copy a Van Gogh and I do it very well, I’m called a forger. If I go in and restore somebody else’s dance, I’m called an artist.” In this panel discussion excerpt, legendary downtown theater artist Richard Schechner—founder of The Performance Group in New York City—asks, “What’s the difference between forgery and art,” between “new” and “original?” He proposes that a restaging becomes its own original, and that our desire to reconstruct reveals a “cultural anxiety about losing things” and nostalgia for a “sense of wholeness.”

Excerpt from “Again, in another time and place: A conversation on reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment,” produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and presented at FringeArts in Philadelphia, on October 5, 2013.

This event “Again, in another time and place: A conversation on reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment” was produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and presented at FringeArts in Philadelphia, on October 5, 2013. That same weekend Lucinda Childs re-presented a half-dozen of her early dance works, with Center funding.

Participants in the panel discussion also included Patricia Lent (Merce Cunningham Trust) and Sharon Hayes (visual artist), moderated by Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley).


Montgomery County Community College presented this four-concert series featuring Grammy Award winner David Sanchez, Paquito D’Rivera, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and Marlon Simon.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kiranavali Vidyasankar is a vocalist, music teacher, and writer who comes from a lineage of legendary Carnatic (South Indian) musicians.

On October 30 at 9 p.m. ET, WXPN broadcasts live from Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, Louisiana with the zydeco all-star group Creole United.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Through more than 100 published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is well-established as a major figure in contemporary music.

John Zorn visits Philadelphia for a rare solo organ performance at Girard College Chapel.

Tempesta di Mare performs two of its orchestral rediscoveries from the French high baroque: Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Fêtes de Polymnie, and Jean-Marie Leclair’s Scylla et Glaucus.

The White Box Residencies invited outside artists to creatively explore and interact with the Center’s physical space.

Grants & Grantees

Bruce Graham is a playwright and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Pew Fellows Eileen Neff and Raphael Xavier are among the distinguished recipients of 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships.

Grants & Grantees

Amy Smith is a dance artist, a founder of Headlong Dance Theater, and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Annenberg Center Live brought Oakland-based arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph to Philadelphia in fall 2012 for a six-day residency and the regional premiere of a new work.

Ballet répétiteurs such as Lincoln work one-on-one with dance artists to articulate and find the essence of a character or particular portrayal that becomes distinctive to their physicality.