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)
April 23, 2012 |
Philadanco, by its very name — the Philadelphia Dance Company — embraces its hometown. And if ever there was a dance company to love back, it's this one. The dancers are sublime, the works accessible, and some of the best American choreographers regularly make new pieces for Danco to premiere for Philadelphia audiences. When the company tours the world — it was most recently in Macedonia — it's as an art ambassador from the City of Brotherly Love. The troupe opened Friday night at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater with a program called "The Philadelphia Connection.
April 22, 2012
Sunday Dance day The Opus 1 Contemporary DanceCompany performs works by Lina McMenamin and Tim Early at 1 and 5 p.m. at the Wayne Center for Dance Arts, 205 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne. Tickets are $20. Call 610-812-6125. BalletX performs works by Jodie Gates, Edwaard Liang, and Matthew Neenan at 2 p.m. at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. Tickets are $35; $30 for seniors; $22 for students. Call 215-546-7824. Philadanco performs works by Rennie Harris, Dwight Rhoden, and Ronald K. Brown, and Gene Hill Sagan's "Suite en Bleu" (remounted by Kim Bears-Bailey)
January 29, 2012 |
The forecast for the spring dance season is bittersweet. A lot of fantastic-sounding new choreography is planned, but we are also saying goodbye to two icons. On the plus side, I look forward to several programs from Pennsylvania Ballet, especially the company premieres of Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan ; Jerome Robbins' N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz , a ballet in sneakers; and a world premiere from company choreographer in residence Matthew Neenan. In a Philadelphia-greatness two-for-one, hip-hop hero Rennie Harris is choreographing a new piece for Philadanco.