Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, performing, and visual. A center for creativity, the college offers 19 undergraduate and eight graduate programs and presents a robust calendar of public programming in arts and culture. The college’s curriculum integrates studio education and experiential learning with the study of aesthetics, function, history, ethics, technology, economic realities, and the importance of addressing the pressing issues of the time. In 2015, the Center supported Westphal College in bringing acclaimed French choreographer and conceptual dancer Boris Charmatz to Philadelphia for a 12-day residency and presentation of his performance piece for 24 dancers, Levée des conflits. In 2017, Westphal continued its collaboration with Charmatz for the Center-supported Philadelphia Museum of Dance, a large-scale, all-day performance event throughout the grounds of the Barnes Foundation. A 2019 Project grant supports a new commission with composer and artist Ari Benjamin Meyers, a collaborative project with Curtis Institute of Music that brings together artists from various creative practices for a large-scale public event.
Drexel University Westphal College’s Philadelphia Museum of Dance, co-curated by acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz, will examine the presentation of public performance in relationship to the exhibition of visual art objects. In a large-scale performance event on the grounds of The Barnes Foundation, audience members will move through outdoor and indoor spaces, and in and around the visual art of the Barnes, during several hours of performances. Simon Dove, co-curator of New York’s Crossing the Line Festival and Dancing in the Streets, and Thom Collins, executive director and president of The Barnes Foundation, will serve as co-curators. The event will feature performers from Philadelphia and New York alongside Charmatz’ company and will include Charmatz’ Danse de Nuit—a work for six dancers taking place in a public space at night—as well as performance works by selected American artists. To delve further into the tensions of public and private life addressed in Charmatz’ work, a performance of his piece Manger, exploring the act of eating, will be presented at FringeArts.
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