June 19, 2016 |
We're clearly not in Kansas anymore. In Jamaica , the songwriters of The Wizard of Oz have transported us to a rural fishing community where the humor is broad, the costumes colorful, the rhythms calypso - and the inhabitants improbably rhyme Pagliacci and Liberace . The New Freedom Theatre's revival of the 1957 Broadway musical, an idiosyncratic theatrical artifact, is energetic, athletically danced, vocally uneven, and often unabashedly...
June 13, 2016 |
The little girl appeared out of nowhere, materializing at Tawanda Jones' side so suddenly that she drew Jones' attention away from the members of her drill team, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters, as they rehearsed in the low-ceilinged union hall. "Hi, honey," Jones said, startled. "Did your mom bring you? Did she come in?" "She just dropped me off," the girl said softly. "OK," Jones said, resting her hand on the child's shoulder. "Well, let's take off your jacket. " Jones had not seen her in eight months.
June 12, 2016 |
Here is a selection of dance shows, both local and worth a day trip. BalletX (July 6-17, Wilma Theater) Two world premieres by two top choreographers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and BalletX cofounder Matthew Neenan. Collaboration with Klip Collective, which works with immersive projection lighting and technology. (215-546-7824, balletx.org ). National Ballet of Canada (July 28-31, David H. Koch Theater) Winter sounds good in the summer, and one of North America's top companies will present Christopher Wheeldon's take on The Winter's Tale in the Lincoln Center Festival.
June 12, 2016 |
For the last two decades, the Philadelphia dance community has become so inclusionary and collaborative that it has given rise to a kind of stylized local circus that I hope will run on. The Shame Symposium by Chelsea & Magda exemplified this trend Thursday night, beginning this weekend's run at FringeArts. Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan came on the scene about three years ago, probably not long after (as they say in the show) they met trying out for the dance department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and were not accepted.
May 29, 2016 |
Lauren Fadeley was a much-beloved principal dancer at the Pennsylvania Ballet before she left last week. She is already dancing with another company, Miami City Ballet, in her native Florida. On Wednesday, Fadeley, 31, launched a podcast, Rediscovering the Dream (on iTunes and Google Play), about the next steps of her career. She is a versatile dancer whose big breakout was the double role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake in 2011, when she was still a member of the corps de ballet.
May 20, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My wife of 15 years has recently begun spending a lot of time with a group of women who socialize away from their husbands. They like to meet without their husbands and party at pickup nightclubs and swingers' bars. When I asked her about it, her response was, "It's just us girls dancing with each other and having a good time. We dance with each other at the table we're at. We never dance with any of the men who ask us. " When I asked why they go to these kinds of places, she said the atmosphere and music are better there.
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.