Dulé Hill and Daniel Watts in Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, presented by People’s Light. Photo by Mark Garvin.
After premieres in the Philadelphia region, Center-funded performances and exhibitions are reaching new national and international audiences in venues around the world.
Following the October 17, 2018 Philadelphia premiere of composer David Ludwig’s The Anchoress with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the program makes its New York debut at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on October 18.
Silvana Cardell’s dance performance Supper, People on the Move tours the East Coast, along with an international engagement at EDANCO International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In a 2015 review of the Philadelphia performance, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jim Rutter wrote, "Filled with symbolism and metaphor, [Supper] forcefully conveys the emotional power of the psychological and physical perils that can plague an immigrant's passage." Click here for a full schedule of upcoming events.
Opus 150, 1:16 model. Photo courtesy of C.B. Fisk, Inc.
After a year-long residency at Christ Church in Philadelphia, the International Contemporary Ensemble will perform In Plain Air—commissioned by Christ Church Preservation Trust—at University of Michigan on February 21.
Following the world premiere at People’s Light, the Center-supported music-theater work Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole will travel to Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse for its West Coast premiere, February 5–March 10, 2019.
Extinct Entities, installation and performance series. Photo by Daniel Tucker.
Earlier This Year
Bowerbird’s That Which is Fundamental continued to explore the life, work, and resurgent influence of African-American composer Julius Eastman with a two-part exhibition and a performance series at The Kitchen in New York City, in early 2018. "For those who cherished the work of [Julius Eastman]—a conceptualist steeped in dance, Minimalism and jazz-informed improvisation—a restoration seemed deeply implausible. Yet that is what has transpired," wrote The New York Times.
A Billion Nights on Earth, Thaddeus Phillips’ family-friendly, visual theater work that premiered during FringeArts’ 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, traveled to The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in June.
Kate Czajkowski in O Monsters. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.
New Paradise Laboratories’ O Monsters, the companion piece to their Center-supported project Hello Blackout!, traveled to the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. in July. Conceived by Pew Fellows Whit MacLaughlin and Bhob Rainey, the work was reviewed by The Washington Post, which reported, “You couldn’t miss the aggressive avant-garde declaration of…the experimental and near-inscrutable “O Monsters” from Philadelphia’s New Paradise Laboratories, an impressively disciplined adventure that’s radically abstract by D.C. theater standards.”
The world premiere of Madhusmita Bora’s film Dancing the Divine screened at the Mustard Seed Film Festival in August. The film, which captures the essence of Sattriya dance and tells the story of the Assamese monks, was part of Bora’s Threads of History: Resurrection of a Textile. The New York Times previewed the Philadelphia performance and related activities in New York, writing that “it is through the efforts of [Bora’s] Sattriya Dance Company, with the help of a grant from the Pew Center, that the monks have been able to travel to Philadelphia and New York as part of their first United States tour.”
Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Installation at Municipal Pier 9, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.