Drexel University, Great Court, Main Building. Photo by Halkin/Mason Photography. Courtesy of Drexel University Westphal College.
Boris Charmatz leading community workshop, Drexel University, 2016. Photo by JJ Tiziou.
Levée des conflits, Boris Charmatz, Drexel University Armory, 2016. Photo by JJ Tiziou.
Boris Charmatz' Levée des Conflits. Photo © Caroline Ablain.
Philadelphia community and professional dancers performing Boris Charmatz’ Levée des conflits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2016. Photo by JJ Tiziou.
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.