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 presented Nomad: The River, a multi-media dance theater work by choreographer Yin Mei as part of the 2007–08 Performing Arts Series. Nomad: The River is a work for four performers created in collaboration with sound and visual designer Christopher Salter. Yin Mei, whose work explores themes of artistic and spiritual significance, created Nomad based on her childhood experiences during China’s Cultural Revolution and her subsequent path as an intercultural artist in the US. The work has since toured the US and appeared at the Shanghai Contemporary Theater Festival.