May 8, 1987 |
Agnes de Mille, the choreographer of such famous musicals as Oklahoma! and Brigadoon, was born into a theatrical family. Her uncle was Cecil B. and her father, William, was a successful playwright on Broadway before he became a screenwriter in Hollywood in 1914. A sense of theater must be in the genes, as the new Dance in America television program proves. In outline, Agnes, the Indomitable de Mille, which airs at 10 tonight on Channel 12, is a routine documentary of her life with some film clips of dancing thrown in for good luck.
May 21, 1992 |
Most Great Performances programs concentrate on the work of one choreographer. The latest one, which airs tonight at 11 on Channel 12, makes a pitch for diversity by pairing a dance by Lar Lubovitch with one by Moses Pendleton and his Momix troupe. Lubovitch means to heighten our experience by showing human beings in an idealized form - as dancers pure and simple. Pendleton, meanwhile, with his surrealistic bent, makes a further jump. He turns dancers into geometric shapes, animals, creatures of the imagination.
June 6, 2005 |
Can't dance? Blame mom. Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, wouldn't state it quite that way. But their new study shows an intriguing connection between the bouncy-bouncy knee thing that mothers do with their infants and babies' ability to respond to musical rhythm. In an experiment with a rather whimsical feel, McMaster doctoral candidate Jessica Phillips-Silver, who hails from Philadelphia, set seven-month-old infants on her lap, one by one. A recording of a flat six-beat pattern was played while Phillips-Silver bounced the 16 babies to one of two distinctive beats - either march (ONE two, ONE two)
October 19, 1996 |
If you like your dancing hard, fast and intense, then Koresh Dance Company is for you. Koresh's new program, Culture Shock, opened last night at Drexel's Mandell Theater, with a second performance tonight. Looking for Venus, one of two premieres, showed off this company's strengths. This six-part piece (choreographed by Artistic Director Ronen Koresh, as were all four works here) tackles the familiar domain of love and relationships, but does so with hardly a shred of sentimentality.
April 28, 2008 |
Japanese-born Kota Yamazaki started his dance company, Fluid hug-hug, not long after moving to New York in 2002. Last year, he won a Bessie Award with Germaine Acogny for choreographing FAGAALA on Compagnie Jant-Bi, which Acogny directs in Senegal. Interested in researching Butoh, a post-World War II performance art, Acogny visited Japan in 2000, met Butoh-master Yamazaki, and invited him to work with her. He visited three times, teaching her dancers Butoh techniques and immersing himself in Senegalese dance traditions.
December 12, 2011 |
WHILE Anna Trebunskaya enjoys her time on ABC's massively popular "Dancing with the Stars," most recently partnering with TV personality Carson Kressley, she's excited to take a break. "It's nice to go back to a partner who knows what they're doing," she said. Trebunskaya and her husband, Jonathan Roberts, another "Dancing with the Stars" alum, will pair up onstage at "Champions of Dance," coming to the Annenberg Center Thursday through Sunday. The show brings together 10 champion ballroom dancers in a performance directed and choreographed by Taliat Tarsinov, whom Trebunskaya has worked with on and off since she was 15. But her director isn't the only familiar face in the show.
March 16, 1987 |
On a night like yesterday, when the temperature beckoned more toward winter than spring, it was pleasant to look at a film of silky, blue water while dancers swayed to and fro. Another film of a man's feet making lazy circles in the sand was almost cruel at this time of year, so suggestive was it of the sun's warmth. Tonio Guerra's Darwin in Chains, a video-and-dance piece that was shown at Group Motion Studio over the weekend, is a kind of travelogue of places near and far - mostly far, and all exotic.
June 11, 1987 |
Inside a converted white barn, folks are twisting the night away to the sounds of Chubby and Elvis and Buddy. The oldies dance club in Bensalem is called The Barn. The music is good ol' rock 'n' roll the way it used to be before it was discoized, new waved and punked-out. The club is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 7 p.m. till 2 a.m. A deejay spins mostly 45s while couples cha-cha, jitterbug and do the monkey. Thursday nights, deejay Larry Jordan of WIOQ-FM oversees the dance floor.
February 12, 1995 |
The Bryn Mawr Hospital Guild held its 10th annual dinner and dance Feb. 4 at the Philadelphia Country Club. Jack Keller and his orchestra provided music for the dance chaired by Barbara Ellen Myers of Penn Valley. The guild was organized 11 years ago to promote "a certain degree of fellowship among the physicians at the hospital. It gives the medical staff, and their spouses, an opportunity to meet and socialize beyond a hospital setting. " In addition to the dance, the group holds a summer picnic and fall deli feast.
March 13, 1991 |
Group Motion thinks big. On one level it's simply a six-person experimental dance troupe with its own New York-style loft studio off South Street. But on another, it's a local institution: If Group Motion isn't using its studio space, it rents to other innovators, keeping creativity high. Group Motion also provides mime, improvisation and dance lessons for people who come from as far as Baltimore and Princeton. Workshop participants are often artsy types and performers, although there has always been a contingent of non-performers.