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December 19, 1986 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
One of the dances that Philadanco performed yesterday for schoolchildren at WHYY's Forum Theater is called Workout. The title could refer to the entire program. By only a long stretch of the word could one say that Philadanco's repertory is choreographed. The dances are more like gussied-up exercises that allow the dancers space and time in which to flex their bodies. There is no structure and no content. As always, the Philadanco company, as a group and as individuals, carried the day. Each member knows how to charm the audience without pressing it. Technically, the group looks lithe and polished.
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May 19, 1989 | By Janet Anderson, Special to the Daily News
Celebrate! It's the Philadelphia Dance Company's (a.k.a. Philadanco's) 20th anniversary. At last night's spring season opening at Annenberg Center, the Danco dancers were in the party mood, performing with the sparkle of a newly opened bottle of champagne. Joan Myers Brown, who founded Philadanco and serves as its artistic director, originally wanted to find a way to provide dance training - and a professional company - open to black dancers. That Philadanco exists 20 years later, much honored, is testimony to Brown's sheer grit and numerous personal skills.
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November 29, 1990 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Philadanco's winter concert series at the Mandell Theater tomorrow and Saturday will be special for two reasons - one pleasing, one not. The happy one is the premiere of Such Sweet Morning Songs, a work in progress by the distinguished black choreographer Talley Beatty, whose career dates back to the era of the legendary Katherine Dunham. Philadanco's founder and director, Joan Myers Brown, quips that her dancers know they're privileged to be working with the 67-year-old Beatty because he tells them so. "If you want to know about me," Beatty tells them, "go read about it in the library.
NEWS
November 17, 1990
Philadanco's winter concert Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Drexel's Mandell Theater could be the troupe's last performance ever. Philadelphia's premier black dance company is broke. Like so many Philadelphia cultural organizations, it has lost the financial support it used to get from the city - a casualty of the fiscal crisis. And other sources have dried up. In short, Philadanco is out of cash, and unless founder-director Joan Myers Brown can come up with a miracle, this remarkable group - which has done so much for young black Philadelphians - will be history.
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June 1, 1998 | By Miriam Seidel, FOR THE INQUIRER
Fluid, powerful movement and dazzling speed - these qualities ran through Philadanco's stylistically varied spring program, presented over the weekend at the Annenberg Center. The company featured two new works along with a revival from its early years, and a repertory work, Dreamtime. The troupe will take this program to New York's Joyce Theatre this month. Ronald K. Brown's Gate Keepers was billed as a preview, rather than a premiere: It's part of a larger work to be completed in two years.
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December 11, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Counterprogramming was the name of the game Thursday night when Philadanco opened its three-day run at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. If audiences were disappointed that Xmas Philes , the company's popular Christmas ballet, wasn't on the bill this year, the program more than made up for it. The centerpiece of the performance was Matthew Rushing's Moan , honoring the vocals of Nina Simone, which had its world premiere in October when...
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October 15, 1988 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
It was ladies' night at last night's Philadanco concert at the Mandell Theater, and it was especially Danielle Gee's night. As the lead in Elisa Monte's Dreamtime and the solo dancer in Milton Myers' Lucia Ferre, Gee couldn't help but be the focal point. But she was also the one you couldn't take your eyes off in a unison dance for five, William Spears' Last Waltz. Gee has that extra ounce of energy and alertness, and it makes all the difference. You see her aliveness especially in her neck, which seems to be longer and tauter than anyone else's.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2004 | By Miriam Seidel FOR THE INQUIRER
Philadanco artistic director Joan Myers Brown made the company's spring offering a selection of audience favorites. The result, in case you were wondering, is a night packed with exhilarating, near-nonstop movement, danced with the precision and force the company is known for - no downtime here. Thursday night's program opened with two beloved "oldies" dating from the '70s: George Faison's Suite Otis and tasty excerpts from Talley Beatty's Pretty Is Skin Deep, Ugly to the Bone.
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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....
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May 27, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
Having four highly regarded dance companies within a few blocks on the Avenue of the Arts makes Philadelphia unique in all of America. Some of that Broad Street dazzle will be on display at Longwood Gardens on Saturday night when Wilma Theater-based BalletX and the Kimmel Center's Philadanco share a bill under the stars. Since Tom Warner's move four years ago from the Kimmel, where he was a visionary presenter, to director of performing arts at Longwood Gardens, he's hosted Noche Flamenca, Kulu Mele, Pasion y Arte, and Savion Glover - all known for innovations in their genres.
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April 22, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
In his play Joe Turner's Come and Gone , August Wilson uses song as a metaphor for an individual's highest essence, the true self. Those who have forgotten their songs are forever searching for them. Song as soul or self inspired A Forgotten Moon-Song , the lovely and lyrical world-premiere commission that three-time Bessie Award-winner Dianne McIntyre set on Philadanco to open the company's spring run at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater on Friday night. Joan Myers Brown, founder and director of 45-year-old Philadanco, designed a program, "Having Our Say . . .," of female choreographers whose work spans four generations.
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February 8, 2015 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
When it comes to Philadanco, the award-winning dance company she created back in 1970, Joan Myers Brown is all focus. Fervor for the company, she acknowledges, has been second only to her delight in family. "My home, well, it's a good place to kick off my shoes and relax. But it's nothing fancy. " What her University City home is, however, is a warm and welcoming place that has brought Brown back from her years of rearing children in the suburbs to a more urban existence.
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December 17, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadanco came to the Kimmel Center last weekend for its annual holiday treat. This time it presented a suite of dances it called "Dance Is . . . Risky Business," and indeed, Friday night's athletic performance could have knocked preconceived notions out of a skeptical dance newbie with a single jeté. The company performs Daniel Ezralow's Pulse , set to music by David Lang, every few years, and it's fun every time. Where dancers would usually do anything to avoid a skid, here they revel in skidding, wearing special footwear that lets them slide across the stage but still control their movements, stopping for a casual run or a series of impressive turns.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rich are getting richer and the poor are wasting away. Hundreds of representatives of city arts organizations at a meeting Wednesday night heard that unsettling, if not surprising, message about Philadelphia's cultural sector. According to data gathered by University of Pennsylvania researchers, the city experienced an "explosion of inequality" in the cultural world from 1997 to 2011. Despite talk of growth and the economic power of the arts, the cultural profile is at best scarred and pitted, particularly beyond Center City.
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September 14, 2014 | BY TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News
THE BIG NEWS here is the appointment of Spanish-born dancer Angel Corella, taking over Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic directorship after Roy Kaiser's 19-year reign. Corella, who rocketed to stardom with the American Ballet, should give the company an exciting ride. Meanwhile, Philadanco launches its 45th season, Pennsylvania Ballet alumnus Matthew Neenan continues to create works for BalletX, Annenberg Theatre's Dance Celebration hosts a full schedule of visitors and the Painted Bride has its usual delights.
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August 22, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
UNTIL an unfortunate shooting outside Dell Music Center last week at a rap concert, things had been looking totally rosy at the Fairmount Park venue this summer. Four out of the five Essence of Entertainment concerts so far have been sellouts (5,284 seats plus 600 lawn seats). The fifth (July 24, Roberta Flack/Peabo Bryson) pulled a respectable 4,000 patrons. A recent (Aug. 1) gospel show top billed by Mary Mary sold twice as many tickets as in prior years. Overall, ticket sales at the Dell have doubled this year, and for the first time in memory patrons attempting to buy tickets the day of show have been turned away.
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July 22, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
With the Come Together Festival presenting five nights of dance and the city celebrating the annual Philadelphia Dance Day with free workshops, performances, and a massive dance party on Saturday, you won't be able to miss dance in Philadelphia this week. You can either sit through it or get up and do it, but why not do both? For the festival, Koresh Dance Company is sharing one of its weeks at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with an ingathering of regional companies, both well-established and upstarts.
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May 7, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are several Philadelphia dance companies that perform here only a few times a year, touring the rest of their seasons. So every time Philadanco, Rennie Harris, or Koresh Dance Company opens here, I wonder if Philadelphians realize the treasure that just blipped across their consciousness. Koresh opened a new piece, Promises I Never Meant to Keep, Friday at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, and it was a stunner, showing the breadth of the Israeli-influenced modern dance company through a series of vignettes about offhand moments and remarks that become more important over time.
NEWS
April 20, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
To a packed house, Philadanco brought back Donald Byrd's 1995 BAMM at its spring offering at the Kimmel's Perelman Theater Thursday night. I first saw it in 2004 with the now-retired force of nature Odara Jabali-Nash as the center of its centrifugal force. This time, six dancers revolve around veteran company dancer Roxanne Lyst like numbers on a spinning clock. The missing hands of this no-tick-tock clock are Mio Morales' quick-pulsed percussive score, which ultimately hurls the dancers from the circle and into various patterns around the stage.
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