May 14, 2016 |
T he desert comes alive when the sun goes down, and so does MOMIX's Opus Cactus , which opened at the Prince Theater Wednesday night. A favorite show from the company's vault, Opus Cactus hadn't toured for 12 years. Time to clear out the tumbleweeds - and, indeed, the performance starts with a glow-in-the-dark homage to this rolling symbol of the American West. The show is a series of nightscapes about desert life. Dancers represent snakes, lizards, birds, Gila monsters, flowers - and, of course, cacti.
May 3, 2016 |
Sruti, the India Music & Dance Society of Philadelphia, presented Saayujya (The Merging) , Saturday at the Annenberg Center, featuring two of India's most accomplished artists, dancer Priyadarsini Govind, a proponent of Bharatanatyam, and Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna. The evening combined traditional presentations of these solo forms from South India - accompanied by impressive percussionists and the extraordinary violinist R.K. Shriramkumar - with two experimental pieces.
April 28, 2016 |
Change is constant in the dance world. But the suddenness and scope of the roster changes announced Monday for Pennsylvania Ballet stunned many in that world and out of it. Angel Corella, the company's artistic director and an international ballet superstar, said 17 of 43 dancers - nearly 40 percent - would be leaving the company. Twelve were let go and five are leaving on their own, including favorites such as Lauren Fadeley, who is going to to Miami City Ballet as a soloist; and Elizabeth Mateer, who will be joining the corps of the San Francisco Ballet.
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 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 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.