February 11, 1988 |
In New York's "downtown" community of bustling gallery-hoppers and dozing winos, of polished brass and crumbling brick, there also dwells the hub of post-modern dance. It's a low-key world compared with SoHo's art scene, but it nonetheless has a perpetual supply of big names about to become bigger. Bebe Miller is one of them, and yet her career shares the contradictions of the neighborhood in which she lives and works. Although she has received her share of fellowships, awards and commissions in the mere four years she has had her own company ("I have never had to produce my own season," she says with some pride)
October 21, 1992 |
The incomparable Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble, created by the Soviet Union's Strategic Missile Forces in 1977, might sound like a group you'd be afraid to run into in Red Square. But despite outward signs of a military presence at the Academy of Music on Monday night (a stony-faced chorus and introductions from soldiers), their performance spoke of friendship, love and other human concerns. Meadowland by Leonid Knipper, the program notes said, told a tale of soldiers going off to war, but rather than telling the story from the state's side, it was spun compassionately from the perspective of the soldiers' wives and girlfriends.
December 9, 2012 |
Growing up in North Philadelphia in the 1930s, Robert Crowder began drumming on wooden crates and other found objects. He quickly grasped the fundamentals of drumming, but he wanted to learn more about this seminal African art form. Inspired by acclaimed percussionists from around the world, such as Ladji Camara of Guinea, Chano Pozo and Desi Arnaz of Cuba, and Saka Acquaye of Ghana, Mr. Crowder dedicated his life to African drumming, leaving a vast legacy in Philadelphia. Mr. Crowder, 82, who founded a dance and drum ensemble and played with many renowned musicians, including saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist McCoy Tyner, died Friday, Nov. 30, of a stroke at his West Philadelphia home.
September 24, 1989 |
The 12th Annual Children's Arts Festival was held last weekend on the grounds of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and Fonthill in Doylestown. The event was sponsored by the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation and included a dance ensemble, juggling, story-telling, magic, puppets and a hayride. Children also had a chance to show off their artistic abilities.
July 22, 2003 |
Almost 20,000 children attended last year's Mann Center concerts for young people, continuing the facility's long-standing tradition of free programs. This year's concerts focus on the artistic contributions of international cultures with a wide range of performing groups designed to captivate young imaginations. Three shows in this series are coming up, all on Mondays at 11 a.m., and all guaranteed to involve kids as well as parents. They're free (first-come, first-serve seating)
September 3, 1993 |
Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community celebrates Latin culture with its 10th annual Feria del Barrio on Sept. 12. Some of the city's best Latino musicians and entertainers will be featured. The festival begins at 1 p.m. with a traditional Caribbean comparsa (carnival parade), led by the percussion ensemble Los Rumberos de la Cinco. After that, it's nonstop music and dancing, with performances by Philareyto, a dance ensemble; Edgardo Cintron y Tempo Noventa, a salsa, charanga and Latin jazz band; singer Minnie Acosta with guitarist Arturito Rivera, and the Afro- Cuban music group Son de la Loma.
January 14, 1990 |
The message of the African war dance was relentless defiance. For every man and woman cut down in battle, thousands will rise up in their place. As three dancers from the Arthur Hall Afro-American Dance Ensemble moved fiercely around the stage of the Roslyn Elementary School, another slain soldier was remembered - the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In a program to honor the legacy of the slain civil rights leader, students gathered in the gymnasium Wednesday for a performance by dancers and percussionists from the dance ensemble, the oldest dance troupe in Philadelphia.
February 19, 2010 |
On Saturday, Penn Museum will present the 21st Annual Celebration of African Cultures, honoring the traditions of Africa and its Diaspora. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration will feature music, dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, culture, and more. At 11:30, Momma Sandi will tell stories that combine songs with movement and rhythm. Children and their families can create their own African-inspired masks from noon to 2, and they can create and play the African game of mancala from 11 to 3. Rashida Watson from Silk Tent will give a show-and-tell talk on "The Meaning of Beads" from 11 to 11:45.
February 11, 2005 |
The folks at the Chester County Historical Society are taking Black History Month literally. Tomorrow, the society will host a workshop on using its treasure trove of resources, which date to the 17th century, to research black history in the county. The county archives, for example, include records of children born to slaves after March 1, 1780. The 10 a.m. workshop opens a daylong series of free events at the society's West Chester headquarters to commemorate Black History Month.
October 15, 2001 |
A highlight of the 21-day El Festival Cubano was to have been the first appearance in Philadelphia by lead dancers from Conjunto Folklorico Cutumba, a dance company based in Santiago de Cuba. However, due to last-minute visa problems, only two of the group were able to get to the United States to perform here Friday. After working all week with the Philadelphia-based Kulu Mele African American Drum and Dance Ensemble, Cutumba's principal dancer, Odalis Armi?on Devrot, and its director, Idalberto Bandera Sid?, collaborated with the local group in a performance in the Art Sanctuary at the Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Streets.