Susan Hess Modern Dance

Keeping Philadelphia Dance Vibrant

Now in its 34th year, Susan Hess Modern Dance nurtures Philadelphia dance artists’ professional development and seeks to grow audiences for movement-based performance.

Our curatorial vision recognizes how innovators in movement have always responded to culture and community. We offer spaces for dialogue, reflection and exploration, encouraging risk and asking artists what they have learned from the “errors,” since these inform and direct as much as the “successes.”

Susan Hess Modern Dance explores all philosophies and techniques of contemporary dance – from Butoh to Breaking, Contact Improvisation to Tanztheater. We emphasize artists’ dedication to their craft, expansion of their vision, and application of judgment to their work.

It is the mission of Susan Hess Modern Dance to serve emerging and professional
choreographers, dancers, performance artists, and audiences
in an environment where creativity and experimentation flourish.