Director

About Silvana Cardell

Silvana Cardell (she/her/hers) is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, director, dancer, and educator.

Passionately committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racist dance practices, she creates performances that challenge systemic oppression.   

Since 1990,  Silvana has created and presented work in her native Argentina, the US, and internationally. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants and awards. 

In Argentina, she has received  Premio Fundación Antorchas 2001, Instituto Nacional de Teatro, Secretaria de Cultura de la Ciudad, Red Latinoamericana de Productores de Danza y Teatro, Teatro General San Martin, Presidente Alvear, and Teatro de las Provincias.

In the United States, her work has been funded by Swarthmore College Project, The University of the Arts, Georgian Court University Summer Research Grant, The Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage Project grant and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Mid Atlantic Foundation for Arts, and New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Project.

Cardell’s work has been commissioned by Group Motion, where she has been a dancer and Manfred Fishbeck’s collaborator  and company co-director from 2004 to 2007. Her work has been  presented at The University of the Arts, Arts Bank, Swarthmore College, Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts, Georgian Court University, Mt. Vernon Dance Space, New Festival’s Dance House, New Festival, and Christ Church Neighborhood House, Performed at La Mama, in New York, Black Mountain Museum & Arts Center, London 22, Asheville, North Carolina, The Ferst Center in Atlanta, The Dance Complex in Massachusetts, at EDANCO, Dance Festival, Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo.

Cardell has been a choreographer in five plays directed by  Blanka Zizka’s at Wilma Theater productions.

She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts and a MFA in Choreography from Temple University.

As an independent artist, a significant part of her artistic practice resides in the university setting where she integrates the arts into the curriculum building audiences on campuses. She trains and educates the new generation of dancers and has been a guest choreographer and a lecturer at Kent State University, Swarthmore College, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and The University of the Arts, among others. Currently she is the Chair of the Dance Program at Georgian Court University, where she has mentored both faculty and students, a new generation of dancer artists who have gone on to professional careers in this field.