March 24, 2014 |
BOUNDARIES between classical ballet and modern dance continue to grow more indistinct, with choreographers creating from every available palette - limited only by their imagination and the formidable skill of their dancers. These days, "I've never seen that before!" is a common comment at intermission. Our local companies and out-of-towners passing through the Annenberg Center cover the full spectrum this season. BodyTraffic, April 3-5. This Los Angeles-based group, which has been called "the company of the future" for its innovative commissions, makes its Philly debut with a new work by Kyle Abraham, Richard Siegal's "o2Joy" and Barak Marshall's "and at midnight the green bride floated through the village square.
March 17, 2014 |
BROOKLYN - The Hawks took a punch in the mouth, quite literally; pushed back - again, literally - and, in the last minute, launched themselves into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons. "That, literally, was a fistfight," Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. They're still standing. Regardless of what happens in the semifinal game today against ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's 70-67 win over seed fifth-seeded Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament surely provided the last proof needed to convince the selection committee it belongs.
March 16, 2014 |
It's not easy being the sister of an avant-garde flamenco dance superstar. But Thursday night at Drexel University's Mandell Theater, Pastora Galván demonstrated her own dramatic and rhythmic chops, versatility, and technical skill in a postmodern piece created for her by that sibling: Israel Galván (who ends the Philadelphia Flamenco Festival by performing at the same venue Saturday and Sunday). This award-winning work, Pastora , begins with an affectionate and ironic tribute to Seville's traditional gypsy culture.
March 12, 2014 |
IT IS LAST-CHANCE time for Temple and La Salle, another chance for Saint Joseph's and an opportunity for Villanova to lock up a No. 1 seed. Temple (9-21) goes first in tomorrow's American Athletic Conference opening round in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls can certainly beat Central Florida, but can they beat Cincinnati in Thursday's quarterfinals, followed by wins against two from a list that likely will include Memphis, SMU, Connecticut and Louisville? Not likely, unless Sam Hinkie decides to trade them Memphis native Thaddeus Young who only used that one year of eligibility at Georgia Tech.
March 2, 2014 |
These days, there is as much a global arts scene as a global economy. Terry Fox, executive director of Philadelphia Dance Projects, curates programs that partner Philadelphia dance groups with others from across the country. On Thursday night at the Performance Garage, she made her first international match: Nora Gibson's Temporal Objects and, from Ireland, John Scott's Body Duet . The two works looked and sounded out of sync. Yet among the common denominators were devotion to technique, razor-sharp dancing, and a laserlike vision of each work's arc. Gibson, who founded the Nora Gibson Performance Project here in 2009, is a serious choreographer who braces her works with the formalism of her ballet training, then isolates those movement phrases into still frames.
March 2, 2014 |
The white floor cover on the Verizon Hall stage suggested something left over from a painting crew. Instead, the special surface was for Philadanco in its Friday collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra - an artistically gratifying enterprise that showed how easily such organizations can come together in an identity-enhancing experience. The meeting point was Poulenc's 1929 Aubade, a Jazz Age ballet/piano concerto hybrid performed with choreography by Tommie-Waheed Evans that wasn't out to change the world but showed off the quintet of female dancers well and authenticated the music's content.
February 28, 2014 |
FORMER NEW YORK Rangers center Sean Avery is set to appear on "Dancing With the Stars," according to a report. Maybe it's time the show changed it's name to "Dancing with the Ex-Stars" or "Dancing with the Scars" (Avery made People's sexiest scars list in 2007 because of a gash on his lip). According to the New York Post, Avery has been seen training at the New York studio of trainer Tracy Anderson, who has worked with Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. If Avery is looking for music to dance to, we suggest he select Elvis Costello's "Goon Squad.
February 26, 2014 |
To be Irish is to have an existential dark spot in the soul, an ingrained gateway to fatal despair if it's not kept in check - which is what lies beyond the congenial face of Brian Friel's poetic, bittersweet play Dancing at Lughnasa . Though the play had an international vogue in the 1990s followed by a film starring Meryl Streep, West Philadelphia's Curio Theatre Company made a fine case for revisiting Dancing at Lughnasa at its Friday...
February 23, 2014 |
Dance is art. But sometimes, it's also just pure fun. Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance brought out all the fireworks Thursday night, when they opened a three-day run at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. It was entertaining, accessible, and yes, artistically sound - if occasionally over the top. The Boys' program is an 80-minute spectacle of tricks, beautiful bodies, and pulsating colored light. The dance seamlessly blends the sharp arm movements of hip-hop and ballet's entrechats and arabesques, with contemporary, jazz, and other forms mixed in, all set to a score of 19 mostly highly recognizable pop songs.
February 23, 2014 |
Egg flats, a huge mass of cotton candy, and a cellphone: These make up the set and props, and provide the music, for the latest world premiere by the Miller Rothlein (MIRO) dance troupe. "From the Spot Where We/You/I Stand (Stood.)" opened Thursday night in the White Space at Crane Arts Old School, presenting one of the most fascinating hours you're likely to spend in a theater this year. It begins with the performers - four superb, professional adult dancers, plus a quartet of extremely talented fourth-graders from the Miller Rothlein outreach program at Girard College - standing like living statues atop pedestals of varying heights made from stacks of egg flats, those gray cardboard squares with ovoid indentations.