“There is a very different language between street and stage,” says hip-hop dancer and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier. In this video, he describes how the performance setting shifts his relationship with the audience and how certain elements do not translate from the street to the stage.
Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced breaking, an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983. An alumnus of the groundbreaking hip-hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement, Xavier is developing a new dance vocabulary that follows in breaking’s traditions yet can be sustained for a lifelong career. He developed his most recent work, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, with Center support under the mentorship of award-winning choreographer Ralph Lemon. In September 2016, Xavier presented the Center-supported project Raphstravaganza: An Urban Kinetic Experience in the courtyard of Philadelphia’s City Hall.
The Object Lesson works in the margins between theater and visual art installation, between audience and actor. Since its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Object Lesson has received extensive praise, and was named a “Fringe First.”
Through the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center presents #PHILLYSAVESEARTH by performance artist and theater director Marty Pottenger.
Known for its high energy performances, Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh.
Conceived by Canuso and multimedia director Lars Jan, Nichole Canuso and Lars Jan’s multimedia dance work was presented at the 2010 FringeArts Festival.
Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun is a textile artist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Winner of two Walter W. Naumburg Awards, soprano Lucy Shelton enjoys an international career bringing her dramatic vocalism and interpretive skills to repertoire of all periods.
Flamenco purists may consider Israel Galván a rebel, though he doesn’t see it that way.
The Barnes Foundation will host two educational classes on the history of performance art and urban exploration.
Teresa Jaynes is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
In this excerpt from her June 2014 talk at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, eminent philosopher Avital Ronell reflects on the relationship between thinking and bodily movement.
Daniel Bernard Roumain is a composer, violinist, and bandleader who combines his classical training with hip-hop and Haitian influences.
Seven Responses will travel to New York City for two performances at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.