October 28, 2015 |
Fifty years after Twyla Tharp created her first dance, the four-minute Tank Dive , she is among American's most successful female choreographers, and perhaps the one whose work is most often performed. "It's obvious there's an inequity there," Tharp, 74, said by phone from the West Coast leg of her 10-week 50th anniversary tour, which comes this weekend to the Annenberg Center. She would not comment beyond her own experience but said her success came "basically because men in the world of ballet have been big supporters, starting with Bob Joffrey.
October 25, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Ballet opened its season, the first entirely programed by Angel Corella, Thursday night at the Academy of Music, looking like a very different troupe from a year ago. The company added a new principal dancer, three new soloists, and several new dancers to the corps de ballet. The behind-the-scenes staff is mostly new. The evening included two company premieres, both quite modern - Wayne McGregor's Chroma and Christopher Wheeldon's DVG: Danse a Grande Vitesse . Most different and less tangible is the feel of the company, a lushness, a group confidence.
October 23, 2015 |
BIG DEAL EVENTS Cheesesteak Festival Here at last. Sixty vendors serve bite-size samples. Steve's Steak's reclaims world's longest steak cred. Eagles Pep Band joins cover masters Blackthorne and Go Go Gadget. Larry Holmes will be there, too. Lot K, Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Way, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow. $20 "witout," admission only; $40 "wit" admission, 10 cheesesteak vouchers and a T-shirt; 10 vouchers for $20; $10 kids 6-12, free under 6, cheesesteakfest.com . Head of the Schuylkill Most inclusive of the river's regattas expects 8,000 scullers - novices and masters, recreational and adaptive, world's best and region's finest - along with 50K-plus onlookers for two days of 2.5-mile racing.
October 21, 2015 |
Is the Pennsylvania Ballet developing a Latin flavor? Since last year, fans of this 50-year-old institution have wondered what form the company would take under its new artistic director, Angel Corella. It's still early days, but the influence of Spain and of other Spanish-speaking nations is definitely on the rise. Meanwhile, the superstar dancer-turned-administrator-and-teacher already has fulfilled several of his promises. Corella has enlarged the company to 37 dancers, plus four apprentices.
October 11, 2015 |
Performing the dances of Trisha Brown is "a little bit like strapping yourself in on the roller coaster and going for a ride. " So says Philadelphia dancer, choreographer, writer, and editor Lisa Kraus about this icon of American postmodern dance. Kraus should know; she was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1977 to 1982 and for the last 30 years has been restaging Brown's works for other troupes. Now, Kraus has curated an ambitious season-long project called "Trisha Brown: In the New Body.
October 8, 2015 |
Andrew Johnson, 61, of Wyncote, a systems manager for a national organization and an avid folk dancer, died Thursday, Sept. 17, of cancer at the Visiting Nurse Association, Falls Center Hospice. Mr. Johnson lived at Fifth and Delancey Streets until age 5, when he moved to Broad and Somerset Streets. Later, he lived in Wyncote. His early years were filled with turbulence. His mother died when he was 4; Mr. Johnson and eight siblings were reared by his father and stepmother. As a child, Mr. Johnson inhabited a world of books.
September 28, 2015 |
On first impression, David Noonan's silk-screened linen collages mounted on wooden supports project an aura of formality and stillness on the crisp white walls of UArts' Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. A closer look reveals something else altogether: These icily elegant, tidily constructed works are embodiments of taboo avant-garde performances, brimming with erotic overtones. For many of these works, Noonan appropriated archival photographic images of Japanese Butoh dancers, which he then cropped and enlarged and silk-screened onto glued-together patches of linen and jute.
September 13, 2015 |
As Lucinda Childs' "Available Light" premiered Thursday night in the Drexel Armory, composer John Adams' opening attenuated chords ("Light Over Water") filled the cavernous space, beginning softly in tandem with a quiet but insistent rain outside; each dancer's step, turn, tiny leap slightly restrained, inevitably flowed as if needing to happen. This was the 1983 site work in collaboration with architect Frank Gehry for his then-new "Temporary Contemporary" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to original music by Adams.
September 11, 2015 |
First things first: The theater is un-air-conditioned and may be 80 degrees or more. You sit on huge bales of straw, covered with horse blankets if you choose to keep the sharp bits at bay. The second floor of South Philadelphia's Shiloh Baptist Church has become a barn to house Brian Sanders/JUNK's performance of American Standard , the company's Fringe Festival offering this year. The setting may not be comfortable, but it's worth it to see Sanders' wacky Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -type show, which runs through Sept.
August 21, 2015 |
In his martial arts studio in a strip-mall in Bensalem, Ryan Wagner, 29, is better known as "Master Ryan," the teacher who gives out gold stars to "A" students and drills disciples on core values such as humility and respect for parents before teaching them how to, gently but firmly, slam an opponent to the ground. In very different circles, though, Wagner is better known as Napalm - a b-boy (the preferred term for break-dancer) who's among the best in the world. On Saturday, he'll compete against 15 of the best breakers from the U.S. and Canada in the Red Bull BC One North America Final in Orlando, the premier one-on-one competition in the country.