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February 13, 1991 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Most modern-dance companies are either/or: Either they're a vehicle for a single choreographer or they go the eclectic route. The Toronto Dance Theater (TDT), which will make its Philadelphia debut at the Annenberg Center tonight through Saturday, is what artistic director David Earle calls "a little odd. " Following a middle path, it has four resident choreographers - Earle and Christopher House are currently more active than the others - but shies from inviting outsiders to add to the repertory.
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March 27, 1986 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The success of Tango Argentino must be one of the biggest surprises Broadway has ever had. The show first slipped into New York at the wrong time (late June) and the wrong theater (the City Center is associated with high-art dance attractions, mostly modern dance) - but its one-week run was a sellout. When it came back in October, this time at a Broadway house, it already had cachet. The show opened for a three-week run and ended up staying for six months. It absolutely, positively closes Sunday and then begins a long national tour.
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March 9, 1996 | By Bing J. Mark, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Modern Dance Collaborative, which had its premier concert last night at the Painted Bride Art Center, was founded by choreographer Angela Moreino. The program featured seven dances by three choreographers: Jaye Allison, Moreino, and Henry Roy. Though the program was uneven, it felt good to welcome an ensemble that can combine balletic jazz dance, abstract modern, and narratives of African American history into a single program. The highlight of the evening was Allison's Con Piacere, three-part suite that was a fine balance of musical and dramatic expression.
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November 8, 1990 | By Michele McCreary, Special to The Inquirer
Germaine Mancke became an addict at the age of 11, with the encouragement of her parents. Twenty-seven years later, raising a 17-year-old son by herself, her craving is undiminished. Despite family responsibilities, the Chalfont resident made a commitment 2 1/2 years ago to do everything and anything to support her vice. She would wait tables, do office work, teach - to support her desire to be a big-time choreographer and dancer. "I would really like to drop the waitressing and office work," Mancke said, "and truly want to make this my career.
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November 22, 2011 | By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer
After 12 years of creating dance, commissioning work from world-class choreographers, and opening a theater and studio in a converted mechanic's shop, former Martha Graham principal dancer Jeanne Ruddy announced Monday that she was folding her Philadelphia modern dance company. "I came to the decision that it was time for me to move on, and that I had done what it was that I had set out to do," Ruddy, 58, said in her office at the Performance Garage on Brandywine Street. She paused frequently to get her emotions in check, and drew her long, dark-blond hair up in a clip several times, before pulling it down again moments later.
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November 1, 2001 | By Miriam Seidel FOR THE INQUIRER
What the Silesian Dance Theatre is not: a group of quaintly dressed dancers presenting Polish folk dances of their region. What the Silesian Dance Theatre is: Well, that's a little harder to say. The 10-year-old troupe, founded by questing spirit Jacek Luminski, was the first modern-dance company in Poland. Its distinctive and compelling style, adapting Polish and Jewish dance traditions along with newer influences, has drawn positive critical comments on tour in Europe and the United States.
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June 3, 2001 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the 1990s, three of the city's premier modern-dance choreographers, unable to adjust to radical changes in funding, shut down their dance companies and left town. This would surely be the death of dance, some predicted gloomily. Instead, Philadelphia's dance scene has thrived. What were once limitations have become strengths. Out of turmoil came unity and the birth of a dance environment that's virtually unique in the country. Philadelphia has become home to an increasingly diverse lineup of performers whose work is being recognized far beyond the city limits.
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April 7, 1994 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The third graders at East Ward Elementary School spent the better part of Tuesday morning learning about shapes. But instead of drawing circles, figure eights and sharp angles on paper, the students used their feet and arms to create the shapes. Clearly enjoying themselves, the youngsters contorted their bodies into forms and figures under the watchful eyes of two members of the Bella Lewitzky Company, a Los Angeles-based modern dance group. The company is conducting dance workshops this week for students in several schools in the Downingtown Area School District.
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August 18, 1991 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
It is midnight, his dancers are quietly finishing a meal after their performance, and Mikhail Baryshnikov leans back from the table to light a cigar. A Havana, a Monte Cristo, long, dark - a gift from friends who buy them for him when they are in Europe. This expansive flourish fits his role as lord of the manor, patron of the arts, producer of his own performances. "It's nice to be self-employed," he murmurs as he watches the waiters distributing dinners - his largesse - to his dancing colleagues.
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May 29, 1994 | By Nancy Goldner, INQUIRER DANCE CRITIC
You might think a producer was crazy to book the White Oak Dance Project into the Academy of Music with the kind of high-seriousness program that the group will be performing there on Wednesday and Thursday. Of the seven pieces currently in White Oak's repertory, only two are by names sufficiently well-known to sell tickets to a mass public - Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. A couple of the other choreographers are completely unknown. Of the nine dancers in the four-year-old troupe, eight might ring a bell, but only to those who have assiduously made the rounds of modern-dance troupes within the last decade.
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March 24, 2014 | BY TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News dinardt@phillynews.com
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.
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September 1, 2013 | BY PATTY GRAHAM, For the Daily News
Modern dance and alternative performance artists are igniting the city with a fresh season of work, in theaters, lofts and basement gardens. Nichole Canuso Dance Company's "The Garden," playing throughout November, stands out as a participatory experience. Audience members, four at a time, will be guided through a labyrinth, illuminating the beauty of being alone in one's body. In October, Sean Dorsey's "The Secret History of Love" appears at the Painted Bride Art Center. Named a top choreographer to watch by Dance Magazine , Dorsey explores social and gender themes.
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January 26, 2013
Spring 2013 promises to be a great one for dance and dance lovers. On the local scene, Pennsylvania Ballet reopened its school in the fall and moved into new Center City studios this month. The company, which marks its 50th birthday next season, dances four packed programs this spring, with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, Forsythe & Kylian, and, of course, Balanchine. Among the visiting companies, I am particularly eager to see Dance Theatre of Harlem, which began performing again this season after an eight-year hiatus.
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May 11, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, FOR THE INQUIRER
Many in Philadelphia's dance community were stunned in November when former Martha Graham principal dancer Jeanne Ruddy announced plans to disband her modern dance company. But Janet Pilla, a dancer with the company since 2001 and one of its two associate artistic directors, was less taken aback. She'd been through this before — three times, in fact. "The truth is I'm never surprised about things like that," she said, "because I've danced with a lot of dance companies.
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April 23, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, FOR THE INQUIRER
Philadanco, by its very name — the Philadelphia Dance Company — embraces its hometown. And if ever there was a dance company to love back, it's this one. The dancers are sublime, the works accessible, and some of the best American choreographers regularly make new pieces for Danco to premiere for Philadelphia audiences. When the company tours the world — it was most recently in Macedonia — it's as an art ambassador from the City of Brotherly Love. The troupe opened Friday night at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater with a program called "The Philadelphia Connection.
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March 24, 2012 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Because of passport problems and a missed flight, the members of DanceBrazil didn't get to Philadelphia until 4 a.m. Thursday. But you would never have guessed it from the explosive, high-energy performance they gave that same night at the Annenberg Center. The much-traveled troupe celebrated its 35th anniversary by presenting a pair of short pieces choreographed by their founder and artistic director, Jelon Vieira. Like him, the dozen dancers come from Brazil - mainly Bahia, the center of Afro-Brazilian culture.
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February 27, 2012 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
This was not just another Asian-fusion dance concert. In recent years there has been a vogue for combining Indian classical dance with Western techniques - Bharatanatyam and ballet, Kuchipudi and modern dance, Kathak and tap - with varying degrees of success. In her one-woman show, Friday and Saturday at the Painted Bride, Sheetal Gandhi used Indian heel-stamps and turns, alongside Western-style isolations and floor work, to create an eloquent, inventive, virtuosic dance-theater piece that kept the opening-night audience transfixed.
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February 12, 2012 | By Merilyn Jackson, FOR THE INQUIRER
In her 80 years, Joan Myers Brown has been an artist, entrepreneur, and visionary, who with steely grace founded first, in 1960, a dance school for African American children and then, in 1970, Philadanco, where young dancers of color could find a performance home. It is now one of America's most important companies, and one of Philadelphia's most renowned touring exports. The challenge of relating Brown's life and accomplishments, of capturing her vitality, glamour and humanity, required someone her equal in beauty and wisdom.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012
WHEN SHE was 7, Lindsay Browning was nervous and excited waiting for her father to come to her school. When he arrived, he was dressed as Abraham Lincoln to teach her class about the former president's life. Today, the Philly-based dancer has transformed that childhood experience into a contemporary dance titled "Lincoln Luck. " Browning was inspired by imagining herself as Lincoln's "daughter of the future," basing her image both on Lincoln's personal history and on her father's portrayal of him. The performance explores themes such as luck and fate, and how they relate to Lincoln's life.
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November 22, 2011 | By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer
After 12 years of creating dance, commissioning work from world-class choreographers, and opening a theater and studio in a converted mechanic's shop, former Martha Graham principal dancer Jeanne Ruddy announced Monday that she was folding her Philadelphia modern dance company. "I came to the decision that it was time for me to move on, and that I had done what it was that I had set out to do," Ruddy, 58, said in her office at the Performance Garage on Brandywine Street. She paused frequently to get her emotions in check, and drew her long, dark-blond hair up in a clip several times, before pulling it down again moments later.
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