On Stage in April: Vijay Iyer at the Kimmel Center, Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and More

30 Mar 2016


Holding It Down, Harlem Stage. Photo by Mark Millman Photography. Courtesy of Kimmel Center, Inc.


Priyadarsini Govind and T. M. Krishna in Saayujya. Photo by S. Hariharan. Courtesy of Sruti.


Meg Foley. Photo by LBrowning Photography.


Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio, Honey Baby, 2013. Video still. Performer: Nick Sciscione, videographer: Kirsten Johnson, composer: Tom Laurie, editor: Amanda Laws.


Faustin Linyekula. Photo by Elise Fitte-Duval.


In rehearsal for A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by John Flak.

April welcomes a number of Center-funded performances to the region—from the Philadelphia premiere of composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer's acclaimed Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project, to the premiere of Ally, a thought-provoking exhibition of art and dance by visual artist Janine Antoni with choreographers Anna Halprin and Stephen Petronio at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and more. See our April highlights below, and visit our events page for a full calendar of projects and programs coming this spring.

action is primary
April 6–23

Each day at 3:15 p.m., Pew Fellow Meg Foley and her collaborators perform a spontaneous dance, which they document through photo, video, sound, and writing. The realization of Foley's "3:15 dances," action is primary is a three-week exhibition and performance series exploring the development of this improvisational practice.

A Fierce Kind of Love
April 7-17

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University presents a new play by theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley that recounts the largely unknown history of Pennsylvania's intellectual disability rights movement. Performed by a mixed ability cast, the theater work uses word, movement, and song to reveal how past activism has informed present-day issues.

Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia
April 14–24

The Painted Bride Art Center's Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, an ongoing series of artworks, performances, and conversations that use art as a lens for viewing the city and it history, culminates in three performances this month:

Choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson presents Stamped Stomped Stumped, a new work examining the performative aspects of religious worship and the spiritual landscape of Philadelphia, April 14–16.

Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula debuts Philly Files, a performative piece exploring North Philadelphia's local history, in collaboration with Pew Fellow and musician King Britt, April 21–23.

Performance artist Marty Pottenger unveils #PHILLYSAVESEARTH, a collaboration with scientists, activists, and religious figures that reframes Philadelphia within the context of the American Revolution, Lenape Indian culture, and climate change, April 22–24.

April 21–July 31

An immersive exhibition and event series created by visual artist Janine Antoni, in collaboration with contemporary dance artist Stephen Petronio, and choreographer Anna Halprin, opens at The Fabric Workshop and Museum after two years in development. In translating ideas across art forms and reimagining the nature of materiality through movement, this unusual three-way collaboration opens up exciting possibilities. Audiences will encounter shifting configurations of performance, installation, video, and sculpture on all four floors of the museum.

Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
April 22

The Kimmel Center, Inc. presents a complex, multimedia work that illuminates the lived experiences of minority veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A collaboration between Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer and performer and librettist Mike Ladd, Holding It Down is an evening-length work that incorporates music, poetry, and visuals, created from the actual dreams of young veterans.

Saayujya (The Merging)
April 30

Sruti premieres a new performance piece by two of India's preeminent artists, bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna. Saayujya combines classical South Indian music and dance with improvised segments to interpret themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia's history.