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2012 Dance Advance Grant Recipients Announced

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced grants totaling $812,000 to twelve Philadelphia dance projects through its Dance Advance program.

The grants, which range from $25,000 to $150,000, were awarded to seven individual artists, three dance companies, and two presenting organizations in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania region. Grant funds will help support a variety of projects, including the metamorphosis of a parking lot in North Philadelphia into a carnival of nature, a premier that explores an underground dance style developed by a young choreographer, and the production of a rarely performed work by a renowned choreographer.

Grant recipients include the Pennsylvania Ballet, which was awarded $150,000 to acquire and present Artifact Suite, a forty-five minute ballet by choreographer William Forsythe; the Group Motion Multi Media Dance Theater, which received $138,000 for a new work by choreographer Susan Rethorst; the Painted Bride Art Center, which was awarded $100,000 to present Body Against Body, the seminal duets of Bill T. Jones and the late Arnie Zane; and the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, which received $113,000 to present Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind, a retrospective that aims to introduce local audiences to Rethorst’s work. Since its inception in 1993, Dance Advance has awarded more than $11.4 million to 391 projects.

“The 2012 grantees explore performance practices that push against traditional boundaries of how and where dances are made, seen, or engaged with by audiences,” said Dance Advance director Bill Bissell. “Their projects reflect changes taking place in the field of dance both nationally and internationally, and connect dance and dancing to the realm of ideas. This has rich implications for both the art form and for Philadelphia audiences.”

For a complete list of grants, visit the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Web site.

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