September 18, 2015 |
The young women stood quietly in the spotless and brightly lighted basement of Pallabi Chakravorty's suburban Philadelphia home, waiting for rehearsal to begin. Chakravorty, founder and director of Courtyard Dancers , to which these performers belong, sat on a cushion on the floor and fired up her laptop, and a mesmerizing mixture of strings, percussion, and vocal music filled the room. The dancers were barefoot, wearing loose tunics over leggings, with a half-dozen rows of tiny bells wound tightly around both ankles.
January 24, 2014
THE VARIETY of content conjured by the region's theater community is breathtaking. But on the other side of the footlights, diversity isn't nearly as prevalent. The audience at any production, from a world-premiere drama to a touring Broadway musical, is overwhelmingly baby boomers and people old enough to be their parents. While some established local theater types wring their hands over this, an 18-year-old theatrical rookie is taking action. Norristown-based New Cavern Productions was established last year to stimulate young people's interest in theater with original and adapted productions that play to youthful interests.
June 9, 2013 |
Terence Nance is here, Philadelphia. Let him introduce himself. The multitalented Nance has two films playing here during the next week. On Friday, his first feature-length, full-release film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty , opened at the Ritz at the Bourse. (He'll be on hand for two Q&As on Saturday and one on Sunday.) A second Nance film, The Triptych , codirected with photographer Barron Claiborne, plays at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Oversimplification is a bristling, funny, introspective, meta-meta-meta-examination of a love affair.
March 8, 2013
PHILLY.COM is expanding its Philadelphia arts coverage with the launch of digital content from Art Attack, which was created out of a partnership between Drexel University's Center for Cultural Outreach and the Daily News , it was announced Thursday. Art Attack's coverage of local artists includes musicians, world music, film, theater, dance and classical, contemporary and performance art in Philadelphia communities. "Our new partnership with Art Attack will allow us to provide our readers with even more extensive coverage on the widest array of arts in Philadelphia," said Lexie Norcross, vice president of digital operations and director of Interstate General Media, parent company of Philly.com.
February 15, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe isn't just for the fall anymore. Beginning Friday, Live Arts will host programs all year, starting with "The Robot-Human Theater," a collaboration between Japan's Seinendan Theater Company and Osaka University's Intelligent Robotics Laboratory. The evening consists of two short plays starring both robot and human actors: "I, Worker" about a robot that loses its ability to work due to a mental illness, and "Sayonara," the tale of an android that reads a poem to a dying person.
September 23, 2012
Richard Vague is board president of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe Nick Stuccio has a bold vision for the future of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, the cutting-edge contemporary arts festival that just wrapped up its 16th successful year. But in building a year-round contemporary arts center on the burgeoning Delaware River waterfront, the producing director is doing something you might not expect: He's playing it safe. A recent report by the University of Chicago's Cultural Policy Center, "Set in Stone," suggests that too many arts organizations have rushed into expansion projects before establishing funding, a long-term financial plan, or even a well-defined mission.
September 3, 2012 |
If it were you, in your house, with your family, how would the dance end up? What would you say? Would you reach for your crown molding, or sway with your mate in front of the fridge? Would you even let Amy Smith and Andrew Simonet of Headlong Dance Theater anywhere near your front door to create a performance out of your family's life and your living-room mess? And how about the 10 paying audience members who are scooping up tickets to see four Philly families do exactly that?
August 2, 2012 |
BOB FRANKLIN was a man of diverse accomplishments. Foremost among them was his enormous talent as a master printer of fine art, which earned him a national reputation. But he was also a drummer with an African flavor, a professional boxer with 13 fights and a star of the playground-basketball scene, where he liked to talk about whipping Bill Cosby when both lived in the Richard Allen Homes. Robert Warren Franklin, who worked with more than 200 well-known artists in 30 years at the Brandywine Workshop on South Broad Street, died July 20 after a brief illness.
June 14, 2012 |
THE FIRST DAY of classes at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School last fall had "kind of an Oprah moment," recalled Jason Corosanite. All 250 of the school's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were gathered at its Broad and Oregon location. Each was presented with an iPad to use throughout the school year. "You could hear the shrieks for blocks," said Corosanite. Clearly, it's not every student who gets to start (as opposed to end) the school term with the chant "no more books.
March 11, 2012
Sunday Sound and vision The Pennsylvania Ballet presents Robert Weiss' Messiah , an interpretation of Handel's masterpiece, with guests the Philadelphia Singers featuring soloists Suzanne Ramo , soprano; Jamie Van Eyck , mezzo-soprano; Steve Sanders , tenor; and Levi Hernandez , bass. The program goes on at the Academy of Music , Broad and Locust Streets, at 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $140. Call 215-893-1999.