June 1, 2015 |
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.
May 12, 2015 |
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.
May 10, 2015 |
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.
July 25, 2013 |
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.
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.
September 8, 2012 |
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)
September 3, 2012 |
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?
June 16, 2012 |
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.
May 24, 2012 |
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.
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)