February 4, 2016 |
Outside in the frigid air, what sound like thunderclaps come rumbling from behind the glass storefront on a dim thoroughfare in National Park. Inside, the culprit: Two diminutive 11-year-old boys are burning up the Royal Dance Academy 's wooden floor, tap-dancing to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. " TJ Koger and Christopher Pietrowski, both of West Deptford, active in the dance and theater communities since they were toddlers, leaped into tap...
January 25, 2016 |
Annie Wilson's been thinking a lot about burlesque. Sex and dancing in general, really. And she has concluded that they are subjects ripe for mutation, satire, and not a little appreciation. Her dance theater performance Lovertits is the result of her musings, her obsession with sultry film star Mae West, and Googling "the weirdest porn I could find. " The performances this week are only the latest in a show five years in the making. Last featured in Philadelphia during the 2014 Fringe Festival, Lovertits is not for the prudish, as over the course of the 75-minute production the three female performers bare all. Wilson started crafting the idea as a modern dance take on burlesque, which got her thinking about all the bizarre ways the human body is portrayed in performance.
January 21, 2016 |
A year ago as a young team looking for an offensive identity, St. Joseph's struggled one season after earning an NCAA tournament bid. Hit hard by graduation, the Hawks went 13-18 and had trouble scoring, averaging 61.7 points. The Hawks lost just one starter from last season, point guard Chris Wilson. But, armed with virtually the same cast, the results have been strikingly different. St. Joseph's has already surpassed last season's win total. The Hawks take a 14-3 record into Wednesday's second game of a Palestra doubleheader against Penn.
December 28, 2015 |
Since his 1990 arrival on the stages of New York City, dancer-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler has had it nothing but good. After showing off his best Broadway buck-and-wing in 1992's Guys and Dolls and jazz hands in 1999's Fosse , the Cincinnati native began a career as a big-league choreographer. "A wonderful thing about youth is that you don't really know anything," Blankenbuehler, 45, says from his Manhattan home. "You trust your instinct. I didn't know about choreography, dramaturgy, humanity back when I was 17, but I trusted my gut feelings.
December 13, 2015 |
Washington's most famous musical export, Thievery Corporation, brought finesse to the funk Thursday night at the Fillmore. Since 1995, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza - D.C. bar-owners-turned-sartorially correct-electronic-musicians/programmers - have made a most settled, manicured brand of funky rumpus. They create a stew of samba, soul, dub, Indian, Brasiliana, and other dance music in their brand of mutant disco. Cool and collected, the always suave Thievery Corporation make Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music look and sound like slobs.
December 10, 2015 |
Tattle has never understood why so many movies and TV shows have to be remade. No artist looks at the Mona Lisa and says, "I'd like to re-paint that. " It's art. And even if it's crappy, commercial art, it exists. Why do it again? We get that some older movies or characters can be improved by technology (comic book movies, for instance) and some stories can get a new interpretation or twist, but when we saw yesterday that ABC was filming a three-hour musical adaptation of the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing," originally starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze , and now to star Abigail Breslin and a hunk to be named later, the first thought that popped into our addled mind was "Why?"
December 9, 2015 |
Matt Hopkins has reinvented himself six times. Almost once for every decade. There's Matt Hopkins, Scrabble master. Jazz musician. Playwright. Actor. Classical musician. Now, there's Matt Hopkins, hip-hop dancer and rapper. At age 70, he pops, locks, and occasionally drops on 15th Street near City Hall, and also in the corridors leading to Suburban Station. Recently, he's been performing at Christmas Village in LOVE Park. He dances to tracks by Fetty Wap, Drake, and Chris Brown.
December 5, 2015 |
Philadelphia is a great town for tap dance, with local masters ranging from the elegant Germaine Ingram to the exuberant Corinne Karon. But Dorrance Dance is something else again. The four-year-old troupe made its Philadelphia debut Wednesday night at the Prince Theater, presenting excerpts from recent works that demonstrate the performers' technical virtuosity and stylistic range, plus the inventive choreography of company founder Michelle Dorrance. In Act I, the only music was that created by the dancers' feet, thanks to special, handmade wooden taps that produced surprisingly rich sounds.
December 2, 2015 |
Choreographer/dancer Lauren Putty White and husband composer/musician Brent White form the Putty Dance Project. Together with producer/director Phil Sumpter, they created iStand, Stories of an American Civil Struggle, at the Community Education Center over the Thanksgiving weekend. Reviewing sociologically based performances created in almost real time with current events can be dicey. The filter of time can save them from being corny, emotionally overloaded, or lacking in depth.
November 24, 2015 |
Loving and engaging, almost always laughing and smiling, 17-year-old Raymear greets you with a hug when you arrive and gives you an enthusiastic high-five when you leave. He affectionately calls out the names of those he cares about, and blossoms with one-on-one attention. Diagnosed with Down syndrome, Raymear receives special-education services at school and is making significant progress. He is learning the names of his classmates. His favorite activities include swimming, dancing, listening to music, and watching movies and television.