Bryn Mawr College’s performing arts series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984. With Center support, Bryn Mawr has showcased the choreography of contemporary artists such as John Jasperse, Urban Bush Women, and Susan Rethorst, as well as international groups such as the Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi. In 2014, Bryn Mawr received Center funding to present Trisha Brown: In the New Body, a retrospective of selected dances by Brown, an internationally known leader of postmodernism whose work had rarely been seen in Philadelphia. A 2017 Performance project grant supported Bryn Mawr’s presentation of several immersive installation works by Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury. In 2020, Bryn Mawr received a Center Project grant for Algorithmic Theater, a multi-year residency in which theater artist Annie Dorsen will build on her decade of work that situates the digital world’s algorithmic influence on our everyday lives in dialogue with classical dramatic form, comprising a commission of new work, a mid-career survey, a publication, and a convening of scholars and artists in the technology field.
Bryn Mawr College's Performing Arts Series presented Urban Bush Women and Compagnie Jant-Bi in Les escailles de la memoire (The Scales of Memory), an evening-length collaboration between choreographers Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of the United States and Germaine Acogny of Senegal. The seven dancers of Urban Bush Women were joined by seven men from Compagnie Jant-Bi. Les escailles is a dance that explores themes of memory, resistance, and love, while highlighting the visceral link between African-Americans and Africans and delving into chasms and similarities of gender, history, and geography.