We asked Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, choreographer and founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women, to talk about how her practice intertwines with issues of social justice. “For me, it’s a very deep and long practice and way of thinking,” she says. Zollar discusses the necessity for artists to examine their own class or race assumptions when working in a community: “If they’re unexamined, then that colors the work that I do. If they’re examined…then we both grow, and on the exit…hopefully, we both are stronger,” she says.
Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women (UBW), a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. In addition to her work with UBW, Zollar has created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Virginia Commonwealth University, among others; and with collaborators including Nora Chipaumire and Compagnie Jant-Bi. A professor of dance at Florida State University, her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Artist Award, and a USA Wynn Fellowship.
Over the course of its 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, Tempesta di Mare will present a concert series of French baroque orchestral music played on period-specific instruments.
Known for innovation, creativity, and preservation of African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco has been dancing in the Philadelphia community since 1970.
In addition to company productions, Group Motion hosts regular improvisational movement workshops, which allow the public to employ dance as a language of expression.
Lisa Yun Lee is the director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and a member of the art history faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the museum studies faculty at Harvard University.
Theater magazine editor Tom Sellar talked with legendary avant-garde performer Kate Valk on the exciting challenges presented by the Wooster Group’s 2011–12 theater season.
Kelly Kivland is an Assistant Curator at Dia Art Foundation, where she has been involved with exhibition and performance programs.
Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.
Spanish dancer and choreographer Rosario Toledo choreographed an original dance for Pasión y Arte, marking the company’s first collaboration with a major flamenco artist.
A performance piece interpreting classical South Indian music and dance, inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia’s history.
The granddaughter of a Cuban composer, Venissa Santí (Pew Fellow, 2008) moved to Philadelphia when she was 17 and became a trained vocalist with classical- and jazz-based technique.
Performance art, pop-up storybook design techniques, and a cinematic score will combine in a visual theater work for children and adults devised and performed by Phillips, in collaboration with visual artist Steven Dufala and composer Juan Gabriel Turbay.
Poet and 2012 Pew Fellow Kevin Varrone has worked for over 10 years on a multiple-book project entitled g-point Almanac.