Penn Live Arts Blog / September 2023

An extraordinary lineage, Havana’s Malpaso Dance Company makes its Penn Live Arts debut

Posted September 27, 2023

There’s a saying that everyone dances in Cuba. This dancing island boasts rich histories and colorful traditions from Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Asia and Europe. It is no wonder Cuba has spawned some of the greatest dancers of all time, including Alicia Alonso, superstar prima ballerina and founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, as well as the world’s most popular music styles such as the son (salsa), mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, guaguancó, bolero and Afro-Latin jazz. Hailing from this cultural hotspot, the technically gifted, versatile and strikingly gorgeous Malpaso Dance Company (MDC) makes its Penn Live Arts debut October 6-7 with the world premiere of A Dancing Island plus two Philadelphia premieres, Indomitable Waltz and La Última Canción. Read more...

Summer Internship Reflections: Ejun Hong

Posted September 13, 2023

Our Arts Career Connections initiative helped four Penn students pursue internships in the arts and entertainment field this summer. As these opportunities conclude, we were excited to hear this reflection from Ejun Hong, who spent time with Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and All Ages Productions in Philadelphia:

During the first half of my summer, I worked as a Studio & Education intern at the Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM). In this role, I was actively engaged in producing posters, storyboards and animatics for the upcoming animation film festival. Read more...

Summer Internship Reflections

Posted September 7, 2023

Left to right: Evan Golinsky, Ejun Hong, Heather Shieh and Lucy Gale
This summer, Hollywood looked and felt a bit different as the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes continued, but that didn’t faze Penn summer interns Lucy Gale (SAS ‘25) and Evan Golinsky (SAS ’24), who both pursued talent management opportunities in Los Angeles with the help of our Arts Career Connections initiative. The program responds to an appetite on campus for enhanced support of career exploration in the arts and has provided summer funding support to students in a range of arts industries since 2022. Read more...