July 11, 2013 |
Joan Myers Brown, formidable and indefatigable founder of Philadanco, was sitting in her office at the company's West Philadelphia headquarters the other day when the phone rang. A woman from Washington was calling. "Where are you going to be July 9 and 10th?" she asked. "I'm going to be in Chile," Brown replied, "with the company. " Philadanco will be performing at the Danza Patagonia festival in Frutillar, Chile - the first American company to be invited to the festival.
July 5, 2013 |
Dancer and choreographer Joan Myers Brown, the founder of Philadanco and a commanding presence in the world of dance and arts education, and Laurie Olin, whose landscape-architecture firm is responsible for revitalizing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and many other public spaces in the city, have been named recipients of the National Medal of the Arts, the White House announced Wednesday. In announcing the 12 winners of the nation's highest civic honor for excellence in the arts, President Obama cited Brown, 80, for carving out "an artistic haven for African American dancers and choreographers to innovate, create, and share their unique visions with the national and global dance communities.
April 23, 2013 |
What a smokin' program Philadanco gave at the Perelman Theater last weekend! On Friday, Danco veterans and newbies alike danced like a well-oiled machine, gunning to overtake the pack of dance companies on the Avenue of the Arts. Within the broad time-travel theme of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, artistic director Joan Myers Brown created a bill that began with the late Harold Pierson's 1971 Time/Space , set to Nina Simone's "Sinnerman. " (Pierson was once Danco's artistic director.)
March 29, 2013
Penn Dixie Productions Animal Animal Mammal Mine . This dance-theater piece - inspired by the changes wrought by the Pill, enriched by interviews with 50 childless women, and involving an installation by sculptor Martha Posner - creates a vision of female fertility and ecological collapse. (Underground Arts, April 10 to 20.) Taller Puertorriqueño Sounds of Rhythm and Resistance . With a nod to the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico in 1873 and a stomp to Afro-Puerto Rican bomba, Pleneros de la 21's music foments Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble and Familia Rojas' multigenerational ensemble to dance the drums.
February 23, 2013
A story Thursday misstated the title of the piece Philadanco will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra from Feb. 28 to March 1, 2014. It is Poulenc's Aubade . A story Thursday wrongly reported January revenue for the Parx casino in Bensalem. Parx made $40.1 million from slots and table games. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
January 25, 2013 |
STRAP ON YOUR seat belts and hold on tight, performance-art lovers, for the second Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. This joyride is heading forward into the past - March 28 to April 27 - under the theme "If You Had a Time Machine. " As mapped out Wednesday by the sponsoring Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the $5.2 million undertaking promises 32 world-premiere works and participation from more than 50 performance groups and artists, contemplating historic events and greats, including Susan B. Anthony and Antarctica explorer Ernest Shackleton.
January 24, 2013 |
Tapper and choreographer Savion Glover will perform as part of the opening weekend of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, organizers said Wednesday, bringing a bit of the young and the funk to the second edition of the festival, which opens March 28 and runs through April 27. Jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper, Panamanian jazz artist Danilo Pérez and the Panama 500 Band, instrumentalist and composer DJ Dan Deacon, the...
December 11, 2012 |
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...
September 11, 2012 |
JUMATATU POE wasn't the type of kid who was sent to dance class the moment he could walk. He learned about movement socially, from what he saw at parties and on TV, not from a stern teacher with her hair in a tight bun. He didn't even take a formal class until he was at Swarthmore College, where he decided to train in contemporary African dance. There's no separation between low and high dance culture for Poe. Maybe that's why he's been able to take complex ideas about identity, space and transformation and present them using, in part, a form of dance that's been most widely experienced through Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
August 14, 2012 |
PHILADANCO WILL perform at the Dell Music Center on Friday. The world-renowned, homegrown dance troupe has performed at the Dell before, but then it was called the Robin Hood Dell and it didn't look as spiffy as the recently renovated venue looks now. Regardless of the name, this performance will be its first there since 1989. It is hoped that Friday's performance will be the inaugural Founder's Day event. To honor the company's 43rd year, some familiar faces will take the stage, including Maurice Hines (brother of late actor/dancer Gregory)