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Philadelphia audiences experienced 24 hours of a monumental performance featuring hundreds of popular songs from 1776 to the present, as artist Taylor Mac brought Pulitzer Prize-nominated A 24-Decade History of Popular Music to the Kimmel Center’s Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Mac incorporated local histories and more than 100 Philadelphia artists into this dazzling and immersive work about the complicated nature of American identity.

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Questions of Practice: Guitarist Nels Cline on Creating "Lovers (for Philadelphia)"

Composer and guitarist Nels Cline on creating "Lovers (for Philadelphia)." Filmed at Tired Hands Brewing Company on March 14, 2018.

Philadelphia’s rich musical heritage was the inspiration for Lovers (for Philadelphia), an exclusive, one-night-only concert created by composer and Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline. Presented by Ars Nova Workshop, the evening featured a 17-piece ensemble performing new interpretations of material composed or performed by Philadelphia-based musical pioneers such as McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Paul Motian, Ethel Waters, and The Delfonics.

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Philadelphia’s historic sites and distinctive public spaces also inspire the work of Pew Fellows like choreographer and dancer Leah Stein, who has created dances in unexpected places such as Bartram's Garden, Fairmount Water Works, and Eastern State Penitentiary. “The space is the partner…the movement [is] generated from the experience of being in a place,” Stein told South Philly Review earlier this year.

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“I think about audiences as performing the work…They form a certain image that creates the piece and activates it,” Tania El Khoury told The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Lebanese artist’s immersive installations and performances illuminated the voices of refugees and highlighted issues of displacement and justice in the survey exhibition ear-whispered: works by Tania El Khoury—presented across several city and suburban locations by Bryn Mawr College.

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2018 Pew Fellow and filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski documents intimate portraits of contemporary America, rooted in the long-term relationships he develops with his subjects. His award-winning debut feature film about a North Philadelphia family, QUEST, was lauded by The New York Times for its “quiet eloquence” and was broadcast on PBS this summer.

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“I’m interested in pre-enactments,” says filmmaker Yael Bartana, “something that did not happen. We are creating a possible future.” Bartana’s site-specific performance Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!—commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to accompany an exhibition of the Israeli artist’s celebrated film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned—formed a “living monument” to the end of violence in a public procession outside of the museum’s walls.

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How does the body serve as a repository for knowledge? Our newest publication, The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory, gathers the work of leading artists and cultural scholars in performance, architecture, science, and the visual arts with essays that consider the nature of physicality.

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Questions of Practice: Poet and Performer Tracie Morris on “Serving Her Muse”

Poet and performer Tracie Morris on “serving her muse.” Filmed on May 3, 2017.

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How do we approach common terms across artistic disciplines? Brooklyn Academy of Music transformed our web-based keywords anthology, In Terms of Performance, into an exhibition through interactive displays, text, and video, highlighting entries on curating, documentation, improvisation, and more from contributors such as curator Simon Dove, composer Lisa Bielawa, and writer and artist Malik Gaines.

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How is cultural practice evolving? As a hub for the exchange of ideas, we engage with colleagues to deepen conversations on issues critical to the field today. This year, we invited Dr. Suse Anderson to serve as our Visiting Technologist, leading an examination of forward-thinking technology work in cultural spaces, both physical and virtual. Concurrently, award-winning writer, director, and actor Ain Gordon is acting as the Center’s Visiting Artist, engaging in a creative exchange among the Center’s staff, constituents, and communities.

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WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explored gospel’s central role within the history and evolution of American popular music, through a year of live performances and a media-rich website. A forthcoming radio documentary, narrated by singer CeCe Winans, will spotlight the genre’s vital influence on rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop.

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What can classical music teach us about contemporary art-making and society? We spoke with Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer David Lang around the premiere of Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, his work for 400 professional, amateur, and student musicians who played broken instruments gathered from Philadelphia public schools.


Questions of Practice: Composer David Lang on Classical Music

Composer David Lang on classical music. Filmed on November 30, 2017 at Temple Contemporary.

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Through the classical Indian dance form of Sattriya, Madhusmita Bora’s Threads of History: Resurrection of a Textile vividly brought to life the stories embedded in a 17th-century Indian cloth held in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bora collaborated with choreographer Bhabananda Barbayan and the Dancing Monks of Assam in their first US appearances and an accompanying short film.

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Three generations of women brought contemporary relevance to an Eastern European, Jewish folk music tradition in the exuberant concert Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer. Presented by Philadelphia Folklore Project and led by musician and Pew Fellow Susan Lankin-Watts, the evening featured new compositions, poetry, and text reflecting on the ensemble’s experiences as women and musicians.

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“Is it possible to create a theater piece without any people?” That was the inquiry behind Stifters Dinge, one of two works from acclaimed German composer and theater artist Heiner Goebbels, presented by FringeArts. Goebbels’ hybrid blend of theater, installation, and experimental composition—brought to Philadelphia audiences for the first time—intertwines musical composition, text, mechanized props, and dynamic set designs to craft multisensory experiences.

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In what The Philadelphia Inquirer called a “delight” and “a singular experience,” Bowerbird presented the US premiere of Mauricio Kagel’s Zwei Mann Orchester, a large-scale kinetic sound sculpture that playfully explores the relationship between the visual and the sonic. “I am interested in exploring what another discipline can help me learn about my home discipline, music,” says Bowerbird director Dustin Hurt. “I believe that the best projects do this for the audience as well, by bringing a new perspective.”

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“I have always questioned everything,” says Pew Fellow Ken Lum, speaking on the motivation behind his multidisciplinary art practice. “In that questioning, I wanted to know more about art, particularly art as defined and practiced in other places in the world.” That curiosity has led Lum to explore mediums ranging from painting, sculpture, and photography to writing and curatorial projects around the globe.

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