Philadelphia Dance Projects

Our projects encourage artists and audiences to engage with contemporary dance and its dynamic evolution in Philadelphia.

Celebrating 25 years of PDP!

Leah Stein Dance Co. Anniversary Concert 2013 photo_ Brian Mengini

Events

IF WALLS COULD DANCE

  October 22-24, 2021 we kicked off our 25th Anniversary year with IF WALLS COULD DANCE with a wonderful, free outdoor event! Cine-dancemaker Carmella Vassar-Johnson, drawing from her video archive documenting PDP and her other film/video works,  created a unique dance video loop. Gralin Hughes, Jr. animator and experimental media aritst, built original animations based on these archival selections, and…

DANCE UP CLOSE ft. Tommie Waheed-Evans

PDP Presents is looking forward to presenting DANCE UP CLOSE, a return to live and in-person dance performances coming in spring of 2022 (fingers crossed!), including a premiere by Tommie-Waheed Evans. Waheed-Evans, who teaches locally at University of the Arts, was also recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the most recent 2021 cycle. We presented Waheed-Evans as part of our…

2021 Informances

We hosted a dozen Informances  (informal and informative performances) via Zoom as a way to connect dance artists, scholars, and audiences in 2020 and 2021!

Learn more about the presenting artists and read what the audience and the press had to say.

Megan Mazarick

Tommie-Waheed Evans  “so inspiring”

 

Lynn Matluck Brooks

Christopher Williams That was wonderful last night. Wow, what a talent!!!!! I hope I’m able to see some of the finished works someday, I was particularly struck by the Narcissus piece-beautiful!

Amalia Colon-Nava (Press Clip)

John Scott   “Brava! We enjoyed it!”

Lily Kind (Press Clip)

Jeanette Ginslov

Lela Aisha Jones & Deneane Richburg (Press Clip)

Arthur Sabitini, Dan Martin & Michael Biello, Megan Bridge & Peter Price

PDP gratefully acknowledges support from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, Vanguard Matching Gift Program Foundation, Covid-19 Arts Aid PHL, many Individual Donors and community partners Philadanco and Muhely Alapitvany/Workshop Foundation.

Our projects

PDP’s projects celebrate and support contemporary dance artists at various stages of their creative process and professional journey. Our projects remember, explore, and expand the connections between contemporary artists and audiences in Philadelphia.

“witty “  “wildly different”  “cool”  “dexterous” “passionate” “tour de fierce”  “winning and sensitive” “a sense of discovery present throughout…”

Community

PDP Director Terry Fox, served on the Arts & Culture Task Force  (ACTF) in Spring 2021 to help the city assess the arts landscape in Philadelphia a year into the pandemic.

Read more about the PHILADELPHIA DANCE COMMNUNITY SCAN SPRING 2021

See the ACTF’s recommendations here. (Download Findings)

Press

Finding Collective Genius between Earth and Ice

by Nadia Khayrallah  Ice skater, choreographer, and Brownbody founder Deneane Richburg admits that undoing internalized white ideologies—including the expectation of constant productivity—is an ongoing process.…

Lily Kind Makes Dance In America – her way!

March 27, 2021 Gina Palumbo Gina Palumbo Comments Off on Lily Kind Makes Dance In America – her way! by Gina Palumbo for The Dance…

Taking advantage of the vantage point: two films by Amalia Colón-Nava

by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal  “My name is Amalia and I am here on Lenape Land.”  Informance began with a reminder that everything…