At the February launch of the Center’s new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, Lucinda Childs and Judy Hussie-Taylor, executive director of Danspace Project, discussed Childs’ career and artistic influences.
In the video that follows, Childs reflects on her influential years studying at Sarah Lawrence College, and the immense impact of Merce Cunningham on her creative development. “Merce Cunningham arrived in 1959 and everything changed because of just the one class with [him]…suddenly I realized where I wanted to be and who I wanted to study with.”
In this second video, Childs recalls a transitional time in her career. “At a certain point, the Judson [Dance Theater] work reached, I think, for many of us, a little bit of a dead end,” Childs says. “I wanted to go back to simple movement material and not necessarily governed by whether or not it was in or outside the realm of traditional dance.”
Legendary Philadelphia jazz musicians—including guitarists Pat Martino and Monnette Sudler, pianist Dave Burrell, and saxophonist Jimmy Heath—will headline a four-part concert series inspired by the first published collection of compositions by the city’s jazz artists.
Elephant Room creators Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, and Daryl Hannah were profiled in the Washington Post after the Center-supported project traveled to Washington, D.C.
Thaddeus Phillips’ new bilingual performance work for theater, inspired by his experience working on Colombian telenovela Alias El Mexicano, premieres as part of the 2015 Fringe Festival.
Choreographers Reggie Wilson and Faustin Linyekula discuss the role of “place” in their artistic practices.
Thom Collins on the Barnes Foundation’s efforts to “unpack” the museum’s collection and history through performance.
Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez is a leader experienced in the executive management of cultural-based organizations, inspiring creativity, building community, and raising consciousness through the infusion of the arts and humanities. He served as a 2013 Heritage panelist, and a 2015 LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.
Wendy Rogers has choreographed and performed contemporary dances for over 40 years around the county, including California and New York.
This large-scale performance piece revealed unique insights into Fryderyk Chopin as both a historical figure and a masterful composer, as the piano parts for two concerti were replaced with powerful spoken monologues constructed from fragments of Chopin’s letters and biographies, performed in Polish by actress Barbara Wysocka and accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Relâche is a new music ensemble whose unique sound includes flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, piano, percussion, viola, and bass.
Jessie Montgomery is a violinist, composer, and music educator, who currently serves as composer-educator for the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
A year-long series of participatory performances at Washington Avenue Green will activate a one-acre site on the Delaware River waterfront that served as the entry point to Philadelphia for immigrants in the early 20th century.
Four artists of Arab heritage will come together in an international collaboration to create new poetry, music, and visual art works grappling with notions of displacement.