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The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage 2013 Grant Recipients & Pew Fellows

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded over $6.5 million in support of Philadelphia’s dynamic cultural community. This year’s grants will support 52 upcoming projects by local cultural organizations. In addition, the Center, which is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, is providing fellowships of $60,000 each to 13 exceptional artists in the region, including one collaborative team.

Congratulations to the award recipients in our Philadelphia dance community …

$250,000 | Dance | “Available Light”
A re-imagining of 1983’s Available Light—a classic, multidisciplinary, site-specific work by the superstar team of choreographer Lucinda Childs, architect Frank Gehry, and composer John Adams—will be produced by FringeArts for its September 2014 annual festival.

Headlong Dance Theater
$30,000 | Management | Reinvention plan
Headlong Dance Theater will work with a team of advisors to assess the future of the group following the recent departure of one of its three founding directors. The team will seek the best path for the remaining co-directors to produce high-quality artistic output.

Tania Isaac
$25,000 | Dance | “crazy beautiful”
Dancer and choreographer Tania Isaac will research and develop new works under the rubric crazy beautiful, using a format that allows audiences to provide feedback on projects in their early stages of planning.

Leah Stein Dance Company
$75,000 | Dance | Exploration of voice and choreography with Pauline Oliveros
Leah Stein Dance Company will embark on a year of research and training with electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros. Stein’s goal is to unite the traditionally separate worlds of choreography and musical composition through interaction between singers and dancers. The project will culminate in a public showing and panel discussion in June 2014.

Nichole Canuso Dance Company
$64,500 | Dance | New solo performance by Nichole Canuso
Nichole Canuso’s forthcoming solo work will build on research initiated last year with groundbreaking choreographer Wendy Houstoun. The production will premiere in May 2014 as part of FringeArts’ inaugural season of year-round programming.

Pasión y Arte
$150,000 | Dance | “Flamenco Nuevo: The Galván Legacy”
Pasión y Arte will present the electrifying Sevillan flamenco artist Israel Galván, winner of the 2012 Gold Medal in Fine Arts from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, as the featured artist at its March 2014 Flamenco Festival.

Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco)
$100,000 | Dance | “Bad Blood”
Philadanco will perform Bad Blood, a highly physical and seldom-performed piece by acclaimed choreographer Ulysses Dove, to premiere at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014.

Gabrielle Revlock
$25,000 | Dance | “The Dance Apocalypse”
Gabrielle Revlock will develop a new dance-theater work with collaborator Nicole Bindler. Award-winning choreographer Jane Comfort will serve as mentor.

Sruti, The India Dance and Music Society
$150,000 | Dance | Malavika Sarukkai’s “Ganga – Nitya Vaahini”
Malavika Sarukkai, a leading Bharatanatyam dancer who challenges traditions of Indian classical dance, will make her Philadelphia debut at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014.

Susan Hess Modern Dance
$75,000 | Dance | “bb/he and dg/together again”
David Gordon—a founding artist of the Judson Dance Theater, New York’s influential experimental company from the 1960s—will work with Susan Hess Modern Dance (SHMD) to re-envision his dance theater work Uncivil Wars: Moving with Brecht & Eisler (2009). SHMD will collaborate with Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Co(S.) to find cast members for the Philadelphia production in 2014.


Raphael Xavier
Hip-hop dancer and choreographer
Xavier is a leader of Philadelphia’s breakdancing community who expands his own dance form through research and collaborations with other noted choreographers outside of the hip-hop tradition.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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