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May 31, 2005 | By Lisa Kraus FOR THE INQUIRER
In the risky world of experimental dance-theater, you would expect the artists vying for funding and venues to be dog-eat-dog competitive. But in Philadelphia, true to the area's "brotherly love" moniker, it's just the opposite. Knowing there's strength in numbers, eight like-minded groups, already familiar to local audiences, are banding together to inaugurate the first annual New Festival, which begins today. Why another dance-based festival in a city that has hosted the Philadelphia Fringe Festival each September since 1997 (it's now called the Live Arts/Philly Fringe)
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October 8, 1987 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The Philadelphia Dance Theater made its debut Tuesday night at the Shubert Theater. The 10-member troupe was founded by Domino Nicholas, whose aim is to present works by master choreographers in modern dance. The inaugural program consisted of Ave Maria by Isadora Duncan, Evolution of Ragtime by Anna Sokolow, a revised version of Lament by Doris Humphrey and two pieces by Nicholas himself. Although Nicholas' intention to maintain a modern-dance repertory company is noble and useful, the company's technical proficiency was not sufficient to do the works justice.
NEWS
June 14, 1991 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
In these financially troubled times, the mere fact of survival is cause enough for celebration. The good news about Dance Theater of Harlem is that it's back in business after a six-month shutdown that began in the fall. The better news is that it has come back without having to pay an artistic price. The troupe held on to its core of principals and soloist dancers through the layoff, preserving its artistic continuity. Its first performance since the layoff in its home town - at the Aaron Davis Hall at City College of New York - finds the troupe dancing as cohesively and as confidently as always.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Wearing nothing but G-strings, two men and a woman showed off their superhuman strength and chiseled physiques Thursday as they arranged themselves into a series of impossible shapes atop a small table at the Annenberg Center. The ever-changing relationships among the trio - made up of Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Jordan Kriston, and Mike Tyus - suggested both seduction and violence. And that was just the opening number. The popular Pilobolus Dance Theater combines collaboratively choreographed dance pieces with short films that act as visual palate cleansers and give the stage crew time to set up for the next item.
NEWS
March 16, 1991 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The Pennsylvania Dance Theater, a repertory group from State College, Pa., under the direction of LaRue Allen, offered a program at the MTI Tabernacle Theater last night that was admirable in its range. Yet for all the variety, none of the five works was totally successful. Some of them did not follow through on their implications. A good case in point was Allen's Landler. It is set to some familiar tunes by Johann Strauss Jr., and predictably, the dancers wear 19th-century waltz costumes.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
So stunning was the impact of Bronislava Nijinska's 1923 Les Noces when it was revived by the Royal Ballet in the 1960s, it seemed at the time a mandate to explore the entire canon of this unsung heroine - the sister of Vaslav Nijinski. So far that has not happened, but Tuesday at the City Center, the Dance Theater of Harlem at least honored the late choreographer with an all-Nijinska program that runs through Sunday. It is composed of Les Noces, the fascinating Les Biches, and the American premiere of Rondo Capriccioso, all staged under the supervision of Nijinska's daughter, Irina.
NEWS
January 20, 1993 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Stephan A. Love, dancer, choreographer, founder of the Next Generation Dance Theater, Pied Piper and humanitarian, died Monday from complications associated with the HIV virus. He was 38 and lived in Old City. In the world of dance, Stephan Love was a late starter, but a very quick bloomer. He also stood out among those theater types who cloister themselves in extended make-believe and want to put light years between their success and humble beginnings. Love knew early on that he wanted to meld the magic of great dance with the issues that rip humanity's fabric every day. He wanted to produce a cascade of consciousness on the stage that would send a current of greater social awareness through the audience.
NEWS
November 18, 1987 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The proverbial well-balanced program became a reality last night when the Dance Theater of Harlem opened a week's run at the Shubert Theater. The bill of fare opened with an easygoing, jazzy number to Gershwin's Concerto in F. Next came an anguished work, Voluntaries, followed by a production synonymous with ballet - The Firebird. There was something for everybody, and yet not enough for anybody. For despite the well-roundedness of the program, there was no one piece with enough distinction to give the evening a center.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1987 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Arthur Mitchell, whose Dance Theater of Harlem opens a week's run at the Shubert Theater on Tuesday, is a hard man to pin down. Around noon one day last week, an hour after he's scheduled to be interviewed and photographed, his secretary coos that he usually runs a little late. An hour later, he still hasn't showed up. Best to have a nice long lunch, consoles the secretary, and come back in the afternoon - around 4:30. Finally, at 5:30, he arrives. But Mitchell still is hardly there.
NEWS
January 31, 2005 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
The Philadelphia-based company ArcheDream is performing The Poet's Dream this week at the Harold Prince Theatre of the Annenberg Center. Supported by Penn Presents, it is part of an optimistic new initiative called the Philadelphia Presenting Project that offers local talent a chance to perform in the professional space. While the group does have some professional aspects - lighting, elaborate costumes, a decent program - to call ArcheDream a dance-theater company (as it labels itself)
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June 1, 2015 | By TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News
CLASSICAL and contemporary programs, and plenty of hybrids, fill the summer dance calendar. Major and fledgling talents perform, including a student company from Pennsylvania Ballet dancing a Balanchine masterwork. Metropolitan Ballet Company, May 30-31. Last month's Youth America Grand Prix awarded high honors to this pre-professional company, and they're ready to show us the reasons. Muller Auditorium at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, 1 and 4 p.m. both days, $15, 215-663-1665, metropolitanballetacademy.com.
NEWS
May 12, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 32 years, the party is over for Dance Celebration, the popular series of dance concerts presented at West Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The series and name will be retired as of Monday. The decision arose from the diverging artistic visions of co-presenters Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center, said F. Randolph Swartz, artistic director of Dance Affiliates, and Michael J. Rose, managing director of the Annenberg. But there is a happy result: Each organization will go ahead with its own series as Dance Affiliates moves to Center City.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Wearing nothing but G-strings, two men and a woman showed off their superhuman strength and chiseled physiques Thursday as they arranged themselves into a series of impossible shapes atop a small table at the Annenberg Center. The ever-changing relationships among the trio - made up of Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Jordan Kriston, and Mike Tyus - suggested both seduction and violence. And that was just the opening number. The popular Pilobolus Dance Theater combines collaboratively choreographed dance pieces with short films that act as visual palate cleansers and give the stage crew time to set up for the next item.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Are lap dances a form of theater? That's what the owners of three Philadelphia "gentlemen's clubs" are contending as they try to block the city from taxing income from private dances - a move that would cost them as much as $1.5 million. During the next few weeks, the city's Tax Review Board will decide whether Club Risque, Cheerleaders, and Delilah's will owe an additional "amusement tax," the city levy most commonly paid on tickets to a ball game or a concert - but not on theater tickets.
NEWS
January 25, 2013
THE ALVIN AILEY American Dance Theater returns Wednesday under the direction of choreographer Robert Battle, whom Philly-born Judith Jamison selected as her replacement in 2011. Jamison had directed the troupe since Ailey's death in 1989. Battle has been a frequent choreographer and artist-in-residence at Ailey since 1999. The acclaimed company developed out of a 1958 performance by Ailey and a group of African-American dancers in New York City. Performances here will include Battle's percussive "Takademe," inspired by the vibrant Indian Kathak dance; "Home," a hip-hop piece choreographed by Philadelphia native Rennie Harris; and Alvin Ailey's revered classic "Revelations.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Fact: Children love to run around the house naked. Fact: Theater artists love to run around onstage naked. Despite this obvious creative kinship, parents are probably, understandably, hesitant about exposing their young children to 2012's bumper crop of Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe acts featuring performers in the buff. Not to worry. The curated Live Arts Festival offers plenty of opportunities for budding aesthetes to enjoy edgy new, age-appropriate (most are fine for kids 5 and up)
NEWS
September 3, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
If it were you, in your house, with your family, how would the dance end up? What would you say? Would you reach for your crown molding, or sway with your mate in front of the fridge? Would you even let Amy Smith and Andrew Simonet of Headlong Dance Theater anywhere near your front door to create a performance out of your family's life and your living-room mess? And how about the 10 paying audience members who are scooping up tickets to see four Philly families do exactly that?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2012 | By Merilyn Jackson and FOR THE INQUIRER
The old-school method of making dance and theater with the vision of a single choreographer or director is becoming rare. Because of funding demands, academic residencies, or just an itch to find new paths to creativity, group dynamics — so-called performance research — informs much of the work being created today. This week, Headlong Dance Theater presents Avalanche at the Performance Garage, an earnest dance theater piece driven by all the aforementioned elements.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012 | By Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILADELPHIA Live Arts Festival has announced the lineup for its 2012 show, which will once again feature a mix of international and homegrown performers. The centerpiece of the festival, which runs from Sept. 7-22, will be the U.S. premiere of Back to Back Theatre's experimental work "Food Court," which deals with bullying, body image and the abuse of power. The dance program is split down the middle, with two acts hailing from Montreal and two from Philly. Among the former is Sylvain Émard Danse's "Le Grand Continental," a work featuring 200-plus amateur dancers — the largest dance piece ever performed at the Live Arts Fest.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2012
B MOVIES NEED LOVE, TOO Secret Cinema proudly offers two worthy examples of the underappreciated genre: "Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome," a 1947 take on Chester Gould's comic strip police detective starring Ralph Byrd; and "The Brute Man," starring (and sort of about) disfigured actor Rondo Hatton. Free. 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Free Library, 8711 Germantown Ave., 215-248-0977. SUPERTRAMP MAN Guitar virtuoso Carl Verheyen (Supertramp, zillions of sessions)
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