April 15, 2014 |
"Long ago, I stopped making 'entertainment' . . .. I stripped away the decorative. That doesn't interest me anymore. " So said Malavika Sarukkai, the extraordinary Indian classical dancer, during Saturday's post-performance Q&A session at the Annenberg Center. This concert of Bharatanatyam, a centuries-old dance form from South India, was the culmination of a weeklong residency that also included master classes, a lecture-demonstration, and the screening of a documentary film. Mind you, Sarukkai didn't stint on sheer physical beauty - in her powerful, sensuous movement or her gloriously rich, blue silk costume accented with gold.
April 11, 2014 |
THERE are moments in "Cuban Fury," lots of them, when you wish it had been about an old Plymouth making taxi runs in Havana. Or the owner of the Dallas Mavericks bitching about the NFL. Alas, it's a purported comedy about chubby milquetoast Bruce (Nick Frost), who tries to woo his pretty new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) by reviving a long-dormant interest in salsa dancing. Bruce is a former youth salsa champion who was bullied out of his love of dancing, and now tries to reconnect with his old instructor (Ian McShane)
April 2, 2014 |
This is a love story. It's also a dance story, one that began in Dresden, Germany, in 1994. Its middle is happening here in Philadelphia, now. The lovers are award-winning artists, collaborators onstage and in real life - husband and wife Niki Cousineau and Jorge Cousineau, founders of the dance company Subcircle. Their new ensemble work All this happened, more or less , opens Thursday night at the Performance Garage. The story of their life and work together, its title is the opening line of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5 . The novel's key event is the World War II firebombing of Dresden in which 130,000 people died - bombings Jorge's grandparents survived.
April 1, 2014 |
LIKE SO MANY long-suffering Sixers fans, I walked into Wells Fargo Center feeling like the two Delaware County teens who sat in nosebleed seats with a handmade sign: #WITNESS27 . If the Sixers were going to lose their 27th game in a row Saturday night, earning them the longest losing streak in major American pro sports, I wanted to see it. "We are true Sixers fans," said Joe Bakey, 16, of Brookhaven, who held the sign. "But this is a big moment in sports history. " His cousin, Ryan Stephano, 14, of Garnet Valley, said, "LeBron James' motto is 'Witness.' And we are here, witnessing.
March 30, 2014 |
FringeArts brought in Tere O'Connor Dance's New York hit Bleed for a weekend run at its Columbus Boulevard venue and while reviewing the Thursday opening, I was about to use the word convoluted - then I referred to my last review of the company in 1999. Convoluted was in there, too - as was lead dancer Heather Olson, who has been with O'Connor's company since 1997. Olson, as lead dancer in a Kelly green dress, came on sashaying to the industrial cricks and cracks of James Baker's score.
March 26, 2014 |
Rock clubs come. Rock clubs go. And memories of most of them are fleeting, gone in a haze of sex, drugs, and decibels. What, then, would anyone recall of a ratty Trenton punk venue called City Gardens that existed from the 1980s to the mid-'90s? Just about everything, if you ask Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico, authors of a newly self-published oral history, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes . Or filmmaker Steve Tozzi, who has documented the eccentrically edgy haunt in Riot on the Dance Floor . Or the countless musicians and hangers-on who contributed recollections.
March 24, 2014 |
BOUNDARIES between classical ballet and modern dance continue to grow more indistinct, with choreographers creating from every available palette - limited only by their imagination and the formidable skill of their dancers. These days, "I've never seen that before!" is a common comment at intermission. Our local companies and out-of-towners passing through the Annenberg Center cover the full spectrum this season. BodyTraffic, April 3-5. This Los Angeles-based group, which has been called "the company of the future" for its innovative commissions, makes its Philly debut with a new work by Kyle Abraham, Richard Siegal's "o2Joy" and Barak Marshall's "and at midnight the green bride floated through the village square.
March 17, 2014 |
BROOKLYN - The Hawks took a punch in the mouth, quite literally; pushed back - again, literally - and, in the last minute, launched themselves into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons. "That, literally, was a fistfight," Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. They're still standing. Regardless of what happens in the semifinal game today against ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's 70-67 win over seed fifth-seeded Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament surely provided the last proof needed to convince the selection committee it belongs.
March 16, 2014 |
It's not easy being the sister of an avant-garde flamenco dance superstar. But Thursday night at Drexel University's Mandell Theater, Pastora Galván demonstrated her own dramatic and rhythmic chops, versatility, and technical skill in a postmodern piece created for her by that sibling: Israel Galván (who ends the Philadelphia Flamenco Festival by performing at the same venue Saturday and Sunday). This award-winning work, Pastora , begins with an affectionate and ironic tribute to Seville's traditional gypsy culture.
March 12, 2014 |
IT IS LAST-CHANCE time for Temple and La Salle, another chance for Saint Joseph's and an opportunity for Villanova to lock up a No. 1 seed. Temple (9-21) goes first in tomorrow's American Athletic Conference opening round in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls can certainly beat Central Florida, but can they beat Cincinnati in Thursday's quarterfinals, followed by wins against two from a list that likely will include Memphis, SMU, Connecticut and Louisville? Not likely, unless Sam Hinkie decides to trade them Memphis native Thaddeus Young who only used that one year of eligibility at Georgia Tech.