February 23, 2015 |
After an hour of rocking the dance floor, Penny Warn takes a break. "I think people with disabilities have more fun than regular people," she says, as about 120 developmentally disabled men and women party like it's not a frigid Thursday evening in February. Inside Paris Caterers in Berlin Township, the heat is on. Fist-bumps, high-fives, and funky floor moves are the rule. And the hits keep on thumping, thanks to "DJ Dave" Michaels. "It's a fun night," says Robin Rowand, 32, of Pittsgrove.
February 15, 2015 |
The dance is Polynesian and contemporary; the story is from New Zealand's history, yet the themes are familiar. You could cut-and-paste in many people's stories, but for Neil Ieremia, the Samoan-New Zealander artistic director of the company Black Grace from New Zealand, the struggle is for Pacific Islanders. The company opened a run Thursday night at the Annenberg Center, presented by Dance Celebration. In his "Gathering Clouds," Ieremia speaks of a Tongan Christian priest arrested for overstaying his welcome, of 30 percent of the population filling 80 percent of the jail spots, of getting teased for the shape of his eyes, of new immigrants holding on to traditional songs and dances, and of their children trying to assimilate.
February 9, 2015 |
Time was running out in Denver's Super Bowl XXXIII victory over Atlanta when the cattle drive began. Reporters, shuffling unthinkingly like barn-ward Herefords at sunset, began exiting the press box and crowding into a single elevator. Reaching the basement of the Miami stadium, we were herded - literally herded - into a gated corral. Soon the insufficient space was overflowing, the brays of unhappy, uncomfortable sportswriters mingling with the noisy postgame atmosphere. Finally, we were unpenned and marched down a narrow chute to a place where Broncos and Falcons sat in raised pulpits like gods we'd come to worship.
February 8, 2015 |
On my recent study abroad trip to Syracuse, Sicily, there were many incredible sights to see: the sparkling blue ocean that extended to the horizon, the picturesque Italian streets, and then there was me dancing shirtless with a belly dancer while my classmates cheered me on. It was our last night in Italy. We had bonded quite a bit throughout the week, and now we were forced to say goodbye to our tours of temples of Athena, puppet theaters, and the mime who cursed us out for being tourists.
January 30, 2015 |
You probably know what continental drift is - but what's Choreo_Drift? Simply put, it's the movement of choreographic ideas that relate to one another, to art and politics, and to society and communities across the continents. It's the brainchild of Italian-born, Sweden-based choreographer and theorist Cristina Caprioli, and the collaborator/dancers in her company, ccap. The project, which takes many shapes, has this week drifted down from the Museum of Modern Art's PS1, in Queens, N.Y., to Philadelphia.
January 25, 2015 |
The arts axis shifted a few degrees, from Avenue of the Arts toward the Delaware riverfront, where the old municipal pump house opened last fall as FringeArts headquarters and year-round performance space. Because producing director Nick Stuccio is a former dancer, it's no surprise that programming is big on dance. But he doesn't hold all the dance cards. Randy Swartz has a winning hand with Dance Celebration at Penn's Annenberg Center. And South Broad hosts Philadanco, BalletX, Koresh Dance, and Pennsylvania Ballet with its new artistic director, incurable charmer Ángel Corella.
January 18, 2015 |
The Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre brought some much-needed Miami heat Thursday night to Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center. The Philadelphia premieres of Herrera's Dining Alone and Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret also provided a few good laughs along with some puzzling and thought-provoking moments. Both shared oblique historical and political references and autobiographical material. Herrera's father, a Cuban émigré to Miami, had been both a baker and a waiter.
January 15, 2015
U SHER IS MAKING things official with longtime girlfriend, business partner and - three cheers! - older woman Grace Miguel . Miguel, 44, was spotted with a major rock on her ring finger on New Year's Eve, when Usher, 36, performed in Miami, and at Sunday's Golden Globes awards show. The couple hasn't confirmed. But when you know, you know. NBC-ya later Two-and-a-half years after her tearful on-air goodbye to "Today," Ann Curry appears to be flying the peacock coop for reals.
December 15, 2014 |
The William Penn Foundation has decided to provide short-term funding for Dance USA/Philadelphia, the service organization whose grant application was unexpectedly denied by the foundation last month after many years of support. The grant denial sent shock waves through the local dance community, which relied on the organization, commonly known as Dance/UP, for a wide variety of services - from an e-newsletter, packed with grant-deadline information, to a robust program of subsidized performance venues for the region's burgeoning number of troupes and choreographers.
December 13, 2014 |
Check out a dance theater duet as the worlds of hip-hop and butoh meet Friday and Saturday during Flash at Painted Bride Art Center. The performance features dancers Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto. In the interdisciplinary show the artists communicate through dance and find commonalities and shared cultural experiences between African American and Japanese cultures. The multimedia show takes the audience on a journey with doses of humor; it also has remakes of pop, funk and hip-hop songs from "back in the day. " "Flash" featuring Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.