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March 6, 2012 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Imagine that José Garces and Stephen Starr joined forces. Now imagine that instead of building a new facility lined with exotic decor and a model-pretty staff, these celebrity chefs used the partnership to develop their own culinary aesthetic, and put the pursuit of cuisine ahead of a restaurant's sustainability. A merger of similar stature and quality took place in the Philadelphia dance community recently, when dancer-choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace and choreographer-poet-impresario Jaamil Kosoko rechristened anonymous bodies, Watson-Wallace's company, as a joint collaborative for the pair's work.
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January 10, 1988 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Each year around this time, as they begin to plan their forthcoming seasons, Philadelphia's dance companies play a game of musical theaters. The game usually seems one without any winners. Blocked from the theaters they prefer - and can afford - by out-of-town troupes or local theatrical and musical productions, companies often must settle for houses that are too big or too small, too pricey or too out-of-the-way. Most of the time, these troupes feel lucky if they can find space at all. Although the experimental choreographer Trisha Brown has been known to deploy her dancers over rooftops and up and down walls, most dance companies prefer more conventional accommodations - space in which the dancers can move upright on a floor congenial to the feet; space with adequate room in the wings and lighting that does justice to the body's three dimensions; space that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, however nicely turned out they may be. And in Philadelphia, as in many other cities, such space scarcely exists.
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October 6, 2003 | By Miriam Seidel FOR THE INQUIRER
Two dance companies - one from Tokyo, the other from Pittsburgh - combined for one strong brew Friday and Saturday at the University of the Arts' Drake Theater. A recent collaboration between Attack Theatre and the Japanese group Nibroll resulted in the sense-attacking piece No-to: memory fades that capped the program. Friday's show primed its audience with Nibroll's Let's Go to Mori's House, a fierce, disjointed work for two dancers, stage-sized video projection and some massive recorded sound.
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January 15, 2010 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Although deep into work with the Philadelphia Dance Company and her own dance school, Joan Myers Brown saw a problem that she could not ignore. Back then, in 1988, Brown also served on the board of Dance/USA (a national service organization based in Washington, D.C.). She noticed that such dance organizations were not interested in audiences of color, and they really did not want modern dance, preferring to focus on major ballet companies. "I knew there were problems that black companies were having and thought we might address them collectively," said Brown, the artistic and executive director of Philadanco in West Philadelphia.
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June 18, 1999 | By Bing Mark, FOR THE INQUIRER
It will be the biggest dance party ever held in Philadelphia. And the theme is the universal language of dance - especially how American modern dance has sprouted around the globe. 2000 Feet: A Celebration of World Dance, a combination festival and international conference, begins on Saturday. With about 25 international dance companies, ranging from Venezuela's Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas to Beijing's Chinese Folk Dance Group, 2000 Feet fits 25 performances - and dozens of other events - into a single week.
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April 28, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 24, 1999 | PETER TOBIA / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Performing with the Transitions Dance Company from England, Tom Dale (left) leaps from the stage at City Hall. Other dance companies from the United States and China performed at yesterday afternoon's show. The event was part of the weeklong "2,000 Feet: A Celebration of World Dance. "
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
A leaky roof has forced cancellation of a series of dance performances scheduled at Furey Ellis Auditorium on the grounds of the Philadelphia State Hospital. But the cancellation has dramatized efforts to save the theater for the community. After a performance by the Curtis Opera at Furey Ellis on Saturday night, Norman Flaherty, the hospital's superintendent, decided that the theater roof was a greater problem than first had been believed. Pending a solution, he closed the theater to future performances.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2002 | By Patricia Horn INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Coming up with the first million - that was just a baby step. For a young dance company like the one assembled by Jeanne Ruddy, the next step is the hard part: turning an ambitious business plan into a nonprofit arts company that can thrive in the years to come. "It is a long haul," said Ruddy, 49, a respected modern-dance performer and teacher who has spent the last two years buying and renovating a three-building complex just off North Broad Street behind Benjamin Franklin High School.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2003 | By Patricia Horn INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's professional dance companies know how to dance. What they don't do as well is sell tickets. So before trying to build a long-sought "home for dance," the dance community must focus as much on business as it has on its art, a new study says. The study, "Building From the Inside Out," said that while a home for dance would be a benefit, the dance community should wait three to five years before proceeding with any plans for a central facility. The primary issue, the study said, is that most of the city's dance groups are tiny and do not have the business side of their operations in order.
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April 28, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 2, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
One of my strongest early memories is of seeing the José Limón Dance Company perform his signature work, The Moor's Pavane , when I was 13. It was the original cast: Limón played Othello, with Lucas Hoving as Iago, plus Betty Jones and Pauline Koner as their wives, and I could hardly contain myself as these extraordinary artists embodied the all-too-human emotions of love, pride, betrayal, and murderous rage. On March 9-13, as part of the Prince Theater's Next Move series, Philadelphians will have the opportunity to see The Moor's Pavane , plus two other classic compositions by the master, danced by Limón's own troupe.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
It's hard to believe that Koresh Dance Company has been performing on Philadelphia boards for almost 25 years. Harder still to think that Melissa Rector is still shining in every performance as she has since 1991. And hardest of all not to be moved by Aftershock , artistic director and founder Ronen Koresh's love letter to his adoptive homeland. It opened the company's spring run at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Thursday night. Aftershock is episodic, deriving perhaps from Koresh's biography.
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March 20, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
It takes years for Tony Award-winning shows to make it from Broadway to Philadelphia. But Jessica Lang earned a Bessie Award - the dance equivalent of a Tony - in October, and her work is opening at the Annenberg Center on Thursday. Randy Swartz is thrilled. "We want to see the work she did last year in New York that won her that Bessie, and that's what we're bringing to Philadelphia audiences," says Swartz, the artistic director of Dance Celebration, which is presenting Jessica Lang Dance.
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November 16, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
In its Philadelphia debut on Thursday night, Israel's Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) presented If At All , by artistic director Rami Be'er. While this piece gave the dancers an opportunity to show off their strength, flexibility, and stamina, in the end it was only a partial success. Be'er says he doesn't tell stories with his choreography, so viewers can make up their own interpretations. But at points, the dancers drop to the floor, accompanied by sounds of gunfire and screaming; they also beat their chests and "stab" themselves.
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July 26, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is loaded with small dance companies, as anyone who has ever been to Fringe knows. These troupes rarely get to perform in fancy theaters, and it takes a lot of motivation for audiences to trek out to dingy performance spaces and sit on uncomfortable folding chairs all night. For the second year, Koresh Dance Company invited its colleagues to perform in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in the Come Together Dance Festival. Over five days, which began Wednesday night, 24 companies have their 15 or so minutes of fame.
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April 23, 2013 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
What a smokin' program Philadanco gave at the Perelman Theater last weekend! On Friday, Danco veterans and newbies alike danced like a well-oiled machine, gunning to overtake the pack of dance companies on the Avenue of the Arts. Within the broad time-travel theme of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, artistic director Joan Myers Brown created a bill that began with the late Harold Pierson's 1971 Time/Space , set to Nina Simone's "Sinnerman. " (Pierson was once Danco's artistic director.)
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Fiocca Yanetti, 98, founder of a dance studio in South Philadelphia, died Friday, Nov. 30, of respiratory failure at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mrs. Yanetti was known for the dance school she and her family opened in 1956 at their home in the 1100 block of South Seventh Street. AnnaMarie's School of Dance was named after Mrs. Yanetti's daughter, Anna Marie DiEgidio. The first floor was where classes in ballet, tap, jazz dancing, swing, and acrobatic dancing were taught. The second and third floors were living quarters for the family, said Mrs. Yanetti's grandson Jason Douglas.
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July 15, 2012 | By Carley Petesch, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG - Michaela DePrince was little more than a toddler when she saw her first ballerina - an image on a magazine page blown against the gate of the orphanage where she ended up during Sierra Leone's civil war. It showed an American ballet dancer posed on tip toe. "All I remember is she looked really, really happy," Michaela told the Associated Press last week. She wished "to become this exact person. " From the misery of the orphanage "I saw hope in it. And I ripped the page out and I stuck it in my underwear because I didn't have any place to put it. " Now Michaela is the one inspiring young Africans: She escaped war and is an African dancer in the world of ballet that sees few leading black females.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2012 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Imagine that José Garces and Stephen Starr joined forces. Now imagine that instead of building a new facility lined with exotic decor and a model-pretty staff, these celebrity chefs used the partnership to develop their own culinary aesthetic, and put the pursuit of cuisine ahead of a restaurant's sustainability. A merger of similar stature and quality took place in the Philadelphia dance community recently, when dancer-choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace and choreographer-poet-impresario Jaamil Kosoko rechristened anonymous bodies, Watson-Wallace's company, as a joint collaborative for the pair's work.
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