December 11, 2012 |
Counterprogramming was the name of the game Thursday night when Philadanco opened its three-day run at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. If audiences were disappointed that Xmas Philes , the company's popular Christmas ballet, wasn't on the bill this year, the program more than made up for it. The centerpiece of the performance was Matthew Rushing's Moan , honoring the vocals of Nina Simone, which had its world premiere in October when...
April 23, 2012 |
WEATHER — OR NOT? After the crazy-warm winter we just had, it's obvious our climate's in flux. But what does that mean? Ice core researchers Ellen Mosley Thompson and Lonnie Thompson join a team of experts for a multimedia planetary climate tour Tuesday at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Activities begin at 5 p.m.; presentation at 7 p.m. Part of the Philadelphia Science Festival; free, but requires preregistration. philasciencefestival.org . PUNCH & JESCA The Punch Brothers are more likely to sing about whiskey, but we'll have whatever they're drinking if it's what sets this five-piece to strumming and harmonizing on those bluegrass-punk tunes.
May 11, 2009 |
These folks know how to throw a party. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Kulu Mele, Philadelphia's oldest African dance-and-drum ensemble, held a fund-raising gala Friday at the New Freedom Theatre with a program so rich it could easily have been stretched over two evenings. Every successful party needs a skillful host, and holding together the disparate elements of this program (three short dance numbers, a poetry recitation, a documentary film, and the ostensible highlight: Mali Sadjo, a traditional West African dance drama that company members learned during a two-week residency in Guinea in December)
May 24, 2007 |
Most of us give ourselves a pat on the back after a morning power walk or a 30-minute run. So imagine the satisfaction tap dancer Robert Burden will feel after he taps for 24 hours straight this weekend. Plus, he's doing it for charity. Burden and other local dancers will host a benefit tap concert at the Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad St. at 7 tonight. Philadelphia tap artist Germaine Ingram will perform and the celebrated tap master LaVaughn Robinson is expected to attend.
September 23, 2006 |
As a piece of musical theater, From Tha Hip, a hip-hop show that had its world premiere Thursday night at the Prince Music Theater, has problems. It has plot holes. It has dead moments. And some of the lines are contrived or too obvious. But as an evening of dance, with live music, it is witty, full of energy, and thoroughly enjoyable. The brainchild of Clyde Evans Jr., a founding member of Rennie Harris Puremovement, From Tha Hip loosely traces the history of hip-hop through the story of a boy who moves from Trinidad to Philadelphia.
April 7, 2006 |
The Lee Cultural Center at 44th and Haverford doesn't look like much. Most of its doors are sealed or locked, and the windows are mostly shuttered. Get closer, and you'll see the mural of master drummer Robert "Baba" Crowder. Move in closer still, and you hear the call of live African rhythms flowing from the center's dance studio. The rise and fall. The crescendos. Those sounds emanate from the Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble. It has called the center home for 30 years now, all because of founder Crowder.
February 12, 2006 |
What it is: The Camden-based group will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Buckingham Friends School in the first event of the Children's Cultural Center's Special Events Series for Families, which resumes after a six-year hiatus. The first performance in the four-event series, which is aimed at families with young children, recognizes Black History Month. The Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble is known for its electrifying shows, featuring stilt walkers, dancers, drummers, grand masquerades, and an acrobatic display.
January 25, 2005 |
Sunday afternoon's DanceBoom! program offered a touchstone for the overview of African-influenced dance in Wilma Theater's festival: some straight-up African dance provided by Lisanga Ya Bana Kin, a Philadelphia-based group of mostly Congolese performers. Along with a piece by Philadanco (to be replaced by Odunde on the final weekend) and a stage-shaking outing by Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble, this one leaves no question about where it all began. With strong, acerbic harmonies, the six members of Lisanga Ya Bana Kin sang their piece, Gizembe, into life.
January 17, 2005 |
How does African dance look when standing on the shoulders of ancestors but moving into the 21st century? Kariamu & Company: Traditions, in performance Friday at Conwell Dance Theater at Temple University, presented an answer in works by Kariamu Welsh, Saleana Pettaway, and Ghanaian guests F. Nii Yartey and Joshua Ashai Trebi. Their contemporary dance rooted in tradition uses storytelling and dynamic play between movement and rhythmic music, while staying open to new cultural influences and movement languages.
January 6, 2005 |
Sochenda means "the traveler" in Dagomba, a language of northern Ghana, and is the title of the featured dance in the 2005 Dance of Our Ancestors Festival presented by Swarthmore College and Temple University. Choreographer F. Nii Yartey, creator of Sochenda (so-CHEN-da), arrived from Ghana at Philadelphia International Airport last week toting enough titles to wear down any baggage handler. He is artistic director and choreographer of the Ghana Dance Ensemble, a senior research fellow at the University of Ghana, project director of Noyam Contemporary African Dance Research Project, and president of the National Committee of the International Dance Council of UNESCO.