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.
February 19, 2014 |
SOCHI - The borders of their uncertainty were broad, from Vancouver to Sochi. From the moment in 2010 when Meryl Davis and Charlie White won an Olympic silver medal, many in the ice-dance world were certain they'd get gold four years later. As splendidly as the American pair performed during that span, there was one stubborn ice rival, and four years was an eternity to wonder. Monday night, as they stood motionless on the Iceberg Skating Palace ice, waiting to start their free skate in the 2014 Olympic finals, they knew, one way or another, there were only four minutes left in their eternity.
February 12, 2014 |
It was cold, polar vortex cold. Schools were closed and heavy snow was on the way. But for nearly 600 dancers, plus supporters bundled up in puffy coats, hats, and blankets outside the Merriam Theater as much as 11 hours ahead of call time, it was worth it. Worth it for the possibility of dancing on TV, working with great choreographers, and maybe a place on the "hot-tamale train" to stardom. That is judge Mary Murphy's signature phrase, and she utters it when a dancer blows her away on So You Think You Can Dance . Murphy, along with Nigel Lythgoe, host Cat Deeley, and Tony-winner guest judge Billy Porter ( Kinky Boots)
February 8, 2014 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) ***** Friday night you need a break. The question at hand is what do you need a break from? Proceed accordingly, making plans that give you a sense of substance. By Saturday, your wit is sharpened and you sparkle. You draw admirers that you perhaps never knew about. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) **** Friday night you stomp to another beat and those around you respond. They like your two- step. As you gaze out you see perhaps more than one tasty morsel you would like to get to know better.
January 27, 2014
Philadelphia is uniquely placed on the American dance scene thanks to the quantity and quality of our local dance companies. Over the last century and more, no city, outside of New York, has had as many and such varied professional companies. Part of this richness arises from at least five fine university dance departments, which draw talent from all over the country. And part arises from the friendly funding climate, savvy dance audiences, and affordable cost of living here. Dancers love Philadelphia and it loves them back.
January 23, 2014 |
DESPITE THE frightful weather, the show must go on for "So You Think You Can Dance. " "I used to come here in the '70s when I used to choreograph for Sound of Philadelphia bands like The Three Degrees," said Nigel Lythgoe , creator, executive producer and judge on "So You Think You Can Dance. " "But now it's 15 degrees below. " The Fox reality show, which plucks a dancer out of obscurity and awards him or her with a cash prize and the title of America's Favorite Dancer, is in Philly for the first time.
January 18, 2014 |
When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 20th century's saint of civil rights, told the world about the dreams he had, the list didn't include being lionized alongside American presidents such as Lincoln and Washington. It didn't include a holiday bearing his name on which all Americans, of whatever race, would celebrate the freedoms that only racial equality provides. While most of the MLK Monday holiday is dedicated to events humble, honorable, and often tinged with spirituality, there are parties throughout the weekend that include the sort of respectable dance-centric festivity worthy of King's potent message.
January 13, 2014 |
BOSTON - The row of perfect-10 artistry scores they'd just accumulated were visible on an adjacent TV as Charlie White mentioned to reporters that he and Meryl Davis were "lucky to be injury-free. " The phrase animated Davis, who instantly dipped deeply as if performing one final element of the spectacular free-skate that won the ice-dancing duo a sixth national title Saturday at these 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The superstitious White merely was reaching to knock on a wood railing.