April 24, 2016
MANNA hosted Shut Up & Dance, a one-night performance produced and choreographed by Pennsylvania Ballet dancers at the Forrest Theatre. The April 9 evening started with a VIP party that featured signature cocktails and food catered by MANNA and Di Bruno Bros., and short presentations by VIP host Steve Korman and MANNA CEO Sue Daugherty. More than 1,200 attendees showed their support for the tradition that started in 1991, when Pennsylvania Ballet dancers decided to honor friends dying from HIV/AIDS.
April 24, 2016 |
Chilean pop star Gepe and Afro-Brazilian samba-funk outfit Dende and Band team up for a show at World Cafe Live on Wednesday as part of WXPN's Latin Roots Live! series. Free, but requires an RSVP at latinroots.org.
April 23, 2016 |
BalletX is 10 this year, and the company is celebrating this weekend with a retrospective and a world premiere. The show opened Wednesday night at the Wilma Theater. If you've seen the company over the years, the show will spark memories of special performances. If you're a newbie, enjoy the sample pack of bite-sized excerpts. The evening opens with co-founder Matthew Neenan's 2005 piece Frequencies , set to music by Jump Little Children, about a trio of angels with wings on their backs and also wings represented by their fluttering arms.
April 23, 2016 |
A ntics Performance Group is a Los Angeles hip-hop company, founded by Artistic Director, Amy "Catfox" Campion in 2007. It wrapped up the dance performances of this year's PIFA festival at the Perelman Theater on Wednesday evening in a production titled Sneaker Suites . The genre of hip-hop dance has been evolving in Philly over the last 25 years under giants in the field like the imaginative Rennie Harris, the elegant and political D. Sabela...
April 15, 2016 |
Irene Maguire Muehlbronner, 86, of Blue Bell, a skater who, with her husband and partner, Walter Muehlbronner, gave an early lift to the art of ice dancing in America, died Sunday, April 10, at Normandy Farms Estates. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Muehlbronner first showed an interest in skating at age 8. She was a singles skater when she met Walter Muehlbronner at the Brooklyn Skating Club, she told the Broad Street Review in February 2014.
April 13, 2016 |
The Brooklyn company Gallim Dance, nearly a decade old, made its Philadelphia debut Sunday evening at the Kimmel Center's PIFA festival at Verizon Hall. Titled Attack Point , the world premiere, choreographed by Gallim founding director Andrea Miller, took place in collaboration with organists from the Curtis Institute of Music and Choral Arts Philadelphia. The concept of the collaboration is "a night of dance listening and organ watching. " So, with the grand Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ looming relâche above us, a smaller organ reigned on stage, where we could watch the organist's feet at the pedals for the nondance works.
April 7, 2016 |
In the middle of a conversation with a reporter, Meg Foley's phone began to chime insistently. "This is my least favorite context to do a 3:15 - in the middle of a meeting," she said, stifling the alarm tone. But even as she tried to continue talking, her hands were fluttering into motion. Finally, Foley excused herself and began moving with precision - scooting backward on hands and feet, tracing her arms into sweeping gestures, and unleashing a vigorous kick. Then, with an apologetic shrug, she returned to the interview.
April 5, 2016 |
'I don't roll on the floor," said Meredith Rainey, one of Philadelphia's best-loved (and tallest) ballet dancers, during the post-show Q&A. "It's a long way down. " Yet, there he was Friday night at the Annenberg Center's Prince Theater, doing exactly that, as he and co-choreographer Tania Isaac presented the world premiere of (In)Visible . An hour-long piece combining movement and music with spoken text, this work was partly inspired by Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man , a classic statement about the position of black people in white America.
March 15, 2016 |
A year after being the first team left out of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Temple had a much different - and surprising - fate this year. Not only did the Owls earn their first NCAA berth since 2013, on the heels of their 77-62 American Athletic Conference semifinal loss to Connecticut on Saturday, they also avoided the dreaded play-in game in Dayton. Temple (21-11) is the No. 10 seed in the South Region and will play No. 7 Iowa (21-10) in the first round, Friday in Brooklyn.
March 6, 2016 |
The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) roared Thursday night into the Annenberg Center, demonstrating the impressive technique and charisma of its dancers - and an odd taste in programing. Though each of the four short works on the bill was by a different choreographer, too many of the steps seemed the same, and too often there were tricks (such as quadruple pirouettes) that had no apparent reason for being there other than to prompt the audience to clap - which it did, enthusiastically and often.