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.
Trisha Brown: In the New Body offered a retrospective of selected dances by Brown, an internationally known leader of post-modernism and an enduring renegade whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia. From September 2015 to June 2016, the project provided audiences with multiple opportunities to connect with Brown's oeuvre as it evolved over time, and featured some of the Trisha Brown Dance Company's final touring performances of Brown's proscenium works. Spanning the major phases of Brown's creative life, performances took place at Bryn Mawr College and The Barnes Foundation. In June 2016, Pennsylvania Ballet presented Brown's O Zlozony/O Composite (2004), bringing two Polish poems to life in a company premiere for the Ballet, and becoming the first US ballet company to perform Brown's choreography. A series of outside events conveyed the radical and influential shifts in dance practice that Brown engendered, with participating scholars Steve Paxton, Susan Rosenberg, Wendy Perron, Stephen Petronio, and others.
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