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April 26, 1987 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each year, the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, under the aegis of fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland, mounts a 10-month show that often has a direct influence on contemporary clothing. Vreeland, the former editor of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, is known for being a powerfully prescient muse in these matters. The current exhibit, "Dance," has proved to be no exception. Even before the Met show opened in Manhattan in December, miles of tulle and pouf dance skirts had been introduced for spring in Europe and New York.
NEWS
October 18, 1991 | by Janet Anderson, Daily News Dance Critic
It's a day like any day for dancers in the 1990s, filled with sexism, racism, AIDS, physical challenges - and unrequited love. Or so Marla Blakey's one-act play, "The Dancers," which received its first local performance last night at the Society Hill Playhouse, would have us believe. There is a fascination with dancers' backstage life and training that sometimes seems to far exceed interest in their on-stage performances. People apparently can't get enough of the suffering and deprivation, yet rarely ask why dancers willingly, even happily, pursue such an arduous life.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2000 | By Merilyn Jackson, FOR THE INQUIRER
Philadanco's Wednesday opening-night concert proved there are at least three reasons to go: the dancers, the dancers, and the dancers. The company wraps up its 30th-anniversary season at the Prince Music Theater through . On the Shoulders of Our Ancestors is billed as an evening-length work, but it is really a loose suite of four works held together by screened excerpts from a television documentary to run next year on PBS, Free to Dance....
NEWS
March 26, 2003 | By Miriam Seidel FOR THE INQUIRER
Filmmaker Maya Deren had completed only a few short films when she died at 44 of a brain hemorrhage in 1961. But her small body of work is recognized for its dreamlike power, and she is considered one of the most important avant-garde filmmakers ever. A new documentary about Deren, In the Mirror of Maya Deren, by Martina Kudl?cek, is the centerpiece of a film series at the Prince Music Theater this weekend. "Motion Pictures: A Moving Collaboration Between Filmmakers and Dancers" will screen a number of films featuring dancers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2002 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Benjamin Franklin may have harnessed electricity in Philadelphia, but for the audience at the Annenberg Center for the Arts Thursday night, Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theater embodied it. Grupo Corpo commissioned Philip Glass and Uakti (wah-kee-chi), the renowned Brazilian ensemble that makes its own instruments, to create the opening work Seven or Eight Pieces for a Ballet. Evoking rivers of the Amazon basin, it has since been recorded on the CD Aguas da Amazonia (Point Music)
NEWS
November 18, 2002 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Four years ago, Gin MacCallum appeared like an apparition in a solo performance choreographed and performed by her - a diminutive tornado of movement, surefootedly destroying any doubts that might lie in her path about her talent. In her first full-length choreography, "In the Shape of a Spider," performed over the weekend at Christ Church, the surefootedness was still there and so was the choreography for her strong soloists, but she was not so successful in massing her group of six unevenly matched dancers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1987 | By Patricia O'Haire, New York Daily News
Tommy Tune didn't want any dancers for the cast of his newest Broadway project, Stepping Out, even though Tune is a dancer and choreographer himself, and even though the play is about dancing. The play, which has been running for several years in London and opens here tonight, is about a group of people - eight women and one man - who get together one night a week for a tap-dancing class. It's a sort of social event for them, besides being a way of getting in shape. "It was very important that they not know how to tap," Tune said the other day, his first day off almost since rehearsals began early last month.
NEWS
July 25, 2004 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dance teachers normally don't need to worry about thunderstorms. But Jane Roosevelt, founder of Longwood Performing Arts, does. For the last four years, her students have put on a free outdoor dance recital at the pavilion in Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square. "There is nothing like dancing outside," she said. "The backdrop of the trees and the lake is unbelievable. . . . It's a perfect place. " Dancer Caroline Pennartz, 18, said she enjoys having the audience so close.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2004 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
When the Australian Dance Theater came to Dance Celebration at Annenberg Center in 2002, a longshoremen's strike held up its set on the West Coast. This week, Homeland Security officials were holding the Sydney Dance Company's set for artistic director Graeme Murphy's eagerly awaited American premiere of Ellipse. It sat for two weeks on a New York dock waiting to be X-rayed until a senatorial phone call released it - not in time, though, for Thursday night's opening show. But while we might have been protected from an Aussie attack by set, we were not safe from their attaque by dance.
NEWS
March 19, 2009 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
The 16 dance numbers in the 2009 Garden State Dance Festival's two-weekend run at Rutgers-Camden's Walter K. Gordon Theater offer a kaleidoscopic glimpse of what emerging dancers can do when matched with established choreographers. Several of the works in last weekend's opener were highly polished, mobile - and as colorful as stained glass. They ranged in genres from ballet to boogie, pas de deux to large ensemble. Among the best works - and repeating tomorrow - is Camille A. Brown's excerpt from her larger one-woman piece, The Evolution of a Secured Feminine.
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January 17, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
How to remain objective when writing about a company you love, with a choreographer you adore, and a dancer you've admired since you first saw him? If you've got a pulse, it's not easy. Especially if the company is Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, which opened NextMove's 2016 spring season Wednesday night at the Prince Theater. BJM performed here in 2004 and 2012, and artistic director Louis Robitaille continues to fill his roster with impeccable dancers. They sizzled to Rodrigo Pederneiras' "Rouge," featuring the stellar company with Mark Francis Caserta, dancing to his hometown audience with a luxuriantly sensual vengeance.
NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
It was a cultural clash unseen even in a city long defined by the confrontational fanaticism of its sports fans: a grande bataille between a trash-talking Eagles fan and an elegant defender of the ballet. And in yet another sign that Philadelphia may be a city in transformation, a city rightly celebrated for much more than sports, a cracked bell, and steak on a roll, the ballet guy owned the Eagles guy. Big time. The emotions of the cultural imbroglio have settled, and with no permanent ill will.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Full disclosure: This was my first time seeing X-Mas Philes , Philadanco's annual holiday celebration, presented Friday through Sunday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. But there they were: Danco's gorgeous, impeccably trained dancers, plus talented youngsters from the troupe's Apprentice Company and its Youth Ensemble. All were in appropriately high spirits, despite the unseasonably warm weather. X-Mas Philes premiered in 2000, but, as the company's founder and executive/artistic director, Joan Myers Brown, noted during her introductory remarks, the busy choreographer Daniel Ezralow just expanded it into a full-evening work.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 25, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 23, 2015 | Tom Di Nardo, Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 11, 2015 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
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.
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