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A Legacy of Innovation

Penn Live Arts 50 logo In 1971, the Annenberg Center opened as a gift to Penn and Philadelphia, aiming to promote innovation in the performing arts. Now, over 50 years later, we joyously reflect on our legacy, the thousands of artists that enlivened our stages and the millions of people brought together by the transformational power of live performance. It’s a history we are incredibly proud of, one that championed icons and rising stars, amplified diverse voices and illuminated adventuresome perspectives on our world. As we celebrate, we look back and forward in the same moment, seeing our past reflected in the vision for our future, our next 50 years and beyond.

A Year of Celebration

World and Philadelphia premieres, local debuts, commissioned works and amazing artists from around the globe – it’s a 22/23 season befitting this major milestone.

For five decades, our renowned dance series has brought the very best to our city, and this year is no exception, with some of the world’s greatest companies and most extraordinary choreographers. Rising star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin serves as our Artistic Advisor for Alice & John: A Coltrane Festival, exploring the immense impact this iconic duo had on American music. We further our commitment to elevating Black storytelling in two significant residencies: the legendary Negro Ensemble Company, featuring a one-act play festival and a world premiere theatrical work, and Philadelphia’s brilliant hip hop choreographer, Rennie Harris. Our new ListenHear series profiles important contemporary musical voices, and the inaugural year of our Accelerator Program formalizes our investment in our artists and their future, offering the resources to finish new works and bring them to our stage for Philadelphia audiences to enjoy first.

Further cementing our role as a catalyst for innovation, diverse artistry and meaningful experiences, it’s a 50th anniversary for the record books. Delayed by a year due to the pandemic, our 22/23 celebratory season is well worth the wait.

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22/23 SEASON PERFORMANCES

A Toast to Dear Old Penn

December 3, 2022

Rennie Harris Puremovement

Rome & Jewels
December 9 – 10, 2022

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

A Very Brassy Christmas
December 11, 2022

The Crossing @ Christmas

December 16, 2022

Arno Schuitemaker

If You Could See Me Now
January 13 – 14, 2023

Teatro delle Albe

fedeli d'Amore
January 20 – 21, 2023

Dance Theatre of Harlem

January 20 – 21, 2023

Slam

January 26, 2023

Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf

January 27, 2023

Acrobuffos

Air Play
January 29, 2023

VOCES8

February 9, 2023

Martha Graham Dance Company

February 10 – 11, 2023

Negro Ensemble Company

Mecca is Burning
February 15 – 18, 2023

Tabea Debus, recorder

Adam Cockerham, archlute
March 2, 2023

Anaïs Mitchell

WXPN Welcomes
March 3, 2023

Theo Bleckmann

Berlin: Songs of Love and War, Peace and Exile
March 11, 2023

The Crossing

PRISM Quartet
March 24, 2023

FLIP Fabrique

Muse
March 25, 2023

Arturo O'Farrill

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
April 13, 2023

Paul Taylor Dance Company

April 21 – 22, 2023

Julianna Barwick

May 19, 2023

BKBXKids!

Destination: Everywhere
May 20 – 22, 2023

123 Andrés

May 21, 2023

CATAPULT

Magic Shadows
May 21, 2023

Literature to Life

The Giver
May 23, 2023

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

It’s Okay to Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr
May 23, 2023

Craig Taborn

June 2, 2023

SW!NG OUT

June 9 – 10, 2023

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