September 21, 1996 |
This is the third year out for Movement Research Exchange (MRX), a program showcasing Philadelphia and New York dancers together at the Painted Bride in the fall, and at Manhattan's famed Judson Memorial Church in the spring. The four performers on last night's program offered work that was notably clear and mostly satisfying, even among the works-in-progress. New Yorker Jennifer Monson opened with the only no-talking dance. She began in near-darkness, projecting huge shadows with a flashlight to an active, rocking score by Zeena Parkins.
September 28, 1992 |
Modern dance has always had the clear light with which to illuminate hardship, injustice and psychological wounds. The movements derive from myth, psychology and observed gesture, so the dance is old as Creon but street- smart, too. The dances shown Saturday in the Independent Choreographers' Exchange concert at Conwell Dance Lab ranged from the polemical to the satiric, from a tract on abortion to a plea for opened eyes. Abstraction played a part, too, mainly in Joseph Cicala's The White Parallel, in which the choreographer danced a priestlike figure whose measured rituals danced to chant, broken by the jangle of music and a flurry of worldly movement.
May 11, 2001 |
The Judson Dance Theater began in a New York church in July 1962. The experiments that started there - making dances with ordinary movements and largely banishing storylines, music and emotional expression - had an explosive effect in the world of dance that continues today. Now, the ever-questing Mikhail Baryshnikov has had the audacity and smarts to stage a sort of greatest-hits Judson anthology, banking on his star-power to get mainstream dance audiences to sit through some of this still-challenging work.
July 13, 2013 |
CAIRO - The liberal and youth movements that backed the military's removal of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are now pushing to ensure their calls for change are heard in the face of the generals' strong grip on the new leadership. At stake is the hope that the Arab world's most populous nation will emerge from more than two years of turmoil as a democracy. Morsi's removal brought a wave of celebration after millions joined four days of protests last week. But that is giving way to a harder reality for the democracy advocates who organized the protests - including many of the same movements that led the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and then opposed the military's subsequent 17-month rule.
October 23, 2006 |
With composers as prolific as Philadelphia-based Jennifer Higdon, even the best will sometimes toss off chamber works that boast of little more than a deadline met and an audience reasonably charmed. But all that I've heard from Higdon is the antithesis of disposability. Her new violin sonata, String Poetic, commissioned by the Kimmel Center and premiered on Saturday by Jennifer Koh, means to be absorbing for performers; desirable for audiences who think anything contemporary is abrasive; and useful, with most of the five movements so self-contained they can be played out of context, whether for encores or curtain raisers.
January 19, 2006 |
Eric L. Zager, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, discussed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's prospects of recovery from the stroke he suffered Jan. 4. Zager specializes in cerebral vascular surgery and cares for patients with strokes similar to that suffered by Sharon. "We simply do not have enough information to really give an accurate prediction as to his true prognosis. . . . In general, any elderly patient who has suffered a large hemorrhagic stroke and stayed in a coma for a prolonged period has a poor prognosis.
September 17, 1995 |
Those who think dance exercises begin and end with step aerobics to the accompaniment of Madonna, loud and fast, might want to stop by Harcum College in a few weeks. Ask for Habiba. She'll be the one demonstrating the lock-lifts. The arabesques. Various undulations. A whole lot of shakin'. And, of course, the body wave. This body wave has nothing to do with hair. Habiba's body wave means the whole body: From the balls of her feet, which rest on the floor, to the knees, which start to bend, to the hips, which give a gentle undulation, to the torso, which leans slightly forward, to the head, which moves up and down and back.
June 23, 1993 |
Although Barbara Weisberger said with typical frankness that she hates the word because it is overused, "process" is the term she used to describe the workings of the Carlisle Project in her introductory remarks to the project's showcase presentation of six choreographers' ballets at the Drake Theater on Monday. Jargon notwithstanding, one of the nicest things about these annual Carlisle Project programs is that the choreographers give the audience insight into the process by commenting on what they had hoped to accomplish in the dances they made while in residency at the program in Carlisle, Pa. The range of their interests and aspirations was impressive.
April 13, 1995 |
The BBC Philharmonic of Manchester is marking its 60th anniversary this year. It is also making its first American tour, which included a concert Tuesday at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. The ensemble is one of several maintained by the state-owned British Broadcasting Corp., and, as might be expected, it is presenting on this foreign tour a range of work by English composers. In Wilmington, conductor Pascal Tortelier began with pieces by Elgar and Britten before ending with a Beethoven symphony.
March 3, 1989 |
Fairy-tale figures dominated the Academy of Music last night as Witold Rowicki led the Philadelphia Orchestra in programmatic favorites by Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov. The Polish conductor also brought along an unfamiliar Bassoon Concerto by an earlier compatriot, Michal Spisak (1914-65). A work of modest proportions, it provided a welcome opportunity to savor the distinctive, gentle voice of the Philadelphia's longtime principal, Bernard Garfield, one of those blessed individuals who does not appear to have an aggressive bone in his body.