December 7, 2014 |
Dance Celebration favorite David Parsons came to town with his company, Parsons Dance, Thursday night for a run at the Annenberg Center and infused the audience with his playful spirit. The 1993 Bachiana showed early influences that Parsons took with him from his days in Paul Taylor's company. Lots of skipping steps, jumping jacks, a fractured Swan Lake quartet for the ladies and headstands for the guys that turned Bach's music on its head and left Sarah Braverman holding her partner by the ankles as if he were a giant fish she just caught.
March 19, 2014
IT'S NO SECRET that many members of the so-called millennial generation are struggling financially. They may be the first cohort to end up worse off than their parents. The sheer number of millennials - about 80 million - makes them a significant force in the U.S. economy. But many of them have trouble accurately answering basic personal-finance questions, spend more than they make and are worried about their debt, according to a new survey by the Investor Education Foundation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
October 27, 2013 |
The dances Paul Taylor has created over the last half-century evoke everything from lyrical romance to savage satire, frank eroticism, and slapstick humor. All were on display Thursday night as the Paul Taylor Dance Company opened its run at the Annenberg Center with a four-part program. Choreographed in 1979, Profiles is still a revelation, featuring complex, unexpected lifts and leans. Four dancers pose like ancient Egyptian statues, then leap at each other to form highly improbable two-person shapes.
October 25, 2013 |
After 60 years as one of America's most beloved dance makers, 83-year-old Paul Taylor could rest on his laurels. But he won't. Like his late peer Merce Cunningham and onetime mentor Martha Graham, Taylor has carved his own path in the genre and, as they did, continues creating new work well beyond the point at which many artists retire. In the 1950s and '60s, as others pioneered pure dance, abstract, or conceptual works, Taylor continued to choreograph work that was, and is, delighted to tackle narrative, emotion, humor, and sheer beauty.
November 22, 2010 |
Doris Zimmermann Taylor, 96, of Haverford, librarian emeritus of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, died Monday, Nov. 15, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. After joining the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1944, Mrs. Taylor edited the bank's in-house magazine and established "The Fed in Print," a national index to Federal Reserve Bank publications. In the 1950s, she curated "Coins of Bible Times," a traveling exhibit of coins from 700 B.C. to A.D. 325. Later, she pioneered the use of computers to produce library catalog cards, her great-nephew Ed Lawler said.
September 10, 2010 |
It may seem odd in this economy, but here comes the richest, most varied fall dance season in a few years. With music by Philip Glass and film overlay by Sol LeWitt, Lucinda Childs? black-and-white modern classic Dance powered through town over the weekend as part of the Live Arts Festival, but two of her reconstructed works will be here next month. A seismic shift from Childs? minimalist work in concept, color, music, and choreography, David Parsons? exhilarating Remember Me comes in December.
June 7, 2008 |
A world without Lisa Viola dancing in it is unthinkable. But, in fact, this is her final season with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, which began a three-day run at the Annenberg Center on Thursday night. If you've never seen Viola onstage, where she is the master of everything from anguished stillness to slapstick humor, you have only two more chances to do so. But there are plenty of other reasons to see the Taylor troupe - the 15 other cast members, all of whom are wonderful, plus two-thirds of the choreography (for Thursday's Program A, which will be repeated at today's matinee; Program B will be shown tonight)
October 12, 2007 |
Last year, Pennsylvania Ballet had more than its share of ups and downs. For every lovely performance, there were many more with sloppy mistakes. It was frustrating to see so much potential tarnished so badly. My wish at the end of the season was for the dancers to come back in fall more polished and with a boost of confidence. They did. If Wednesday night's season opener was evidence of what's to come, the company's 44th season should be delightful. The dancers attacked the movement as they rarely did last year; the company as a whole looked upgraded.
March 9, 2004 |
You might wonder what the connection is between a rare appearance by Philadelphia dance legend Hellmut Gottschild and the bust-out dancing of the Silver-Brown Dance company, on a double bill that added up to one juicy evening at the Community Education Center. The answer is percussionist Toshi Makihara. This wizard of sonic improv performed a duet with Gottschild, and will be creating a work with Silver-Brown that will debut in New York and tour Japan next year. Gottschild, known for co-founding Group Motion and leading the old ZeroMoving Dance Company, is still a mellifluous and inventive mover.
April 8, 2003 |
Anyone who was both a tap dancer and a pilot must have his feet on the ground and his head in the air. As a tap dancer growing up in Brooklyn, F. Randolph Swartz - almost always called Randy - regularly appeared on television's Children's Hour. And before getting his pilot's license, he was a filmmaker, newspaper reporter and international ballet judge. Now an impresario, Swartz, 57, is celebrating his 20th anniversary as director of Dance Celebration, which he founded at the Walnut Street Theatre and copresents with Penn Presents at the Annenberg Center for the Arts.