Dancers in rehearsal of Christopher Williams’  “Narcissus” screened in PDP’s  Informance, November 2020
Dancers in rehearsal of Christopher Williams’  “Narcissus” screened in PDP’s  Informance, November 2020

“Lucky for the rest of us, artists are unstoppable”
so The Inquirer writer, Nancy Heller wrote in her Fall’20 Arts feature “Robust lineup for virtual dance” that included PDP’s Fall 2020 Informance series. Through our mid-week series PDP has been able to bolster those working in dance and provide interesting and inspiring content for audiences.  

“The informance format works wonderfully in a pandemic” one audience member commented. And judging from audience and press feedback, this opinion is shared by others, too.

In this pandemic season, PDP has kept dance visible by providing lively and deep conversations with Choreographers, Megan Mazarick, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Christopher Williams and Amalia Colon-Nava and Historian, Dr. Lynn Matluck Brooks.


Gina Palumbo wrote in The Dance Journal,In the end, we were given time to have our questions answered. I originally thought to ask Tommie-Waheed Evans what his greatest test was, but instead asked what his ultimate reward as a choreographer was in the artist’s hell on earth. He said that he was most moved by his dancers’ hunger to continue working, despite the circumstances.” I’ve learned many things in 2020, but I am certain of one thing:

 Dancers are here. They have never left, and they are ready to do the work.”

Excerpt from PITH, screendance by Amalia Colon-Nava

Look for PDP Online Informances in the New Year….

It is our intent to continue to support artists through Informances’ virtual artist/audience conversations into Winter/Spring 2021.  We anticipate that we may be able to safely present live performances into the Fall of 2021. All the online sessions are offered FREE or pay what you will.
With a grant from Trust for Mutual Understanding PDP will continue the BILATERAL: Budapest /Philadelphia Dance Artist Exchange and look forward to hosting dance artists from Hungary, once travel is unrestricted.  Paige Phillips, Exchange Artist’19 said, “By participating in this program I joined a powerful, creative community. It was wonderful to meet artists in Budapest that had previously been to Philadelphia, and to realize how many meaningful connections have been made between choreographers living in the two cities.”

Tori Lawrence’s JUNKSPACE  in PDP Presents DANCE UP CLOSE January 2020       photo: Jano Cohen


This season of uncertainty has presented PDP with additional obstacles in our mission to support contemporary dance in Philadelphia. This difficult economy will impact the year ahead, too. It will prove challenging in terms of continuing to support the presence of dance in our city, as everywhere.
At the forefront of these challenges is an even more competitive environment for ever-dwindling funding resources and recognition. Nevertheless we remain steadfast.
With your continued support we look to the full return of PDP Presents DANCE UP CLOSE,
the BILATERAL Exchange, and PDP’s education and history projects.
Your donation will help us match a recent grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

PDP continues to need and welcome your support.  THANK YOU.

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Terry Fox, Director & PDP Board: Jeff Cain, Chair, Chris Deephouse, Treasurer, Eun Jung Choi, Curt Haworth, Stacey Mann, Guillermo Ortega, Alexis Pappas, James Shelly, Jonathan Stein, Joan Myers Brown, Member Emerita.
PDP gratefully acknowledges support from The William Penn Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, Vanguard Charitable Foundation, Covid-19 Arts Aid PHLmany Individual Donors and community partner Philadanco and  Muhely Alapitvany/Workshop Foundation.


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