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Hope Rising concert inspires awareness and action

Some 50 dance artists and choreographers presenting a wide variety of styles and dance leve

Photo credit: Steve Belkowitz

URBAN SCUBA: RETRO DIVE (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): A fresh take on old JUNK

Without being gratuitous Sanders’ doesn’t shy away from sexual explicitness on the dance stage, but he’s got the artistic goods (and humor) to back it up.

Photo by Mara Zaslove.

ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION (PIFA/Diavolo): Dance review

LA-based company Diavolo brought two acrobatic pieces to PIFA 2016.

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Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac team up for (In)Visible

It’s been a meeting of dancer-choreographer minds, bodies and private worlds of dancer-choreographers Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac.

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Raphael Xavier explains it all in one form or another

“In stand-up when you are in front of that audience, all your senses are completely heightened, you hear and see everything that is going on in the audience…” Xavier says with a laugh “then it’s all nerve.”

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Koresh Dance Company Turns 25

Koresh Dance Company marks its 25th anniversary year with some celebratory programming.

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Philadanco’s X-MAS PHILES keeps giving

Choreographer Daniel Ezralow is back in town to add some extra decoration to a much-loved holiday tradition.

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Dancing around the glass closet, Part 2: Gay identities in dance

Part 2 of Lew Whittington’s series on gay identities in dance

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Editorial: Dancing around the glass closet

Vestiges of homophobia and negative gay stereotypes persist even in the dance community.

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Dance at the Fringe: Lew Whittington on the Fringe line-up and other insights

This year’s festival presents over 30 dance events by newcomers and favorites. Dance writer Lew Whittington previews some highlights.

Photo by Jaqlin Medlock

COME TOGETHER FESTIVAL: Dance review, part 2

Part 2 of Lew Whittington’s look at the COME TOGETHER FESTIVAL

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COME TOGETHER FESTIVAL: Dance review, part 1

The collective energy of the deep field of Philly dance and visiting artists created a palpable festival atmosphere.

Photo by Sharon Torello.

TURBINE (Leah Stein/ Mendelssohn Club): Stein’s water-dances power the Water Works

Greek revival structures and riverscape environs inspire an immersive choral-dance work that explores the specific interplay of machinery and nature.

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Composer Francois Zayas’s dance-musical orchestral premieres at the Kimmel

Philly–based Cuban composer Francois Zayas is premiering his yet to be titled ‘musical journey’ for 12- piece orchestra, dancers and vocalists at the Kimmel Center.

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HAVING OUR SAY… (Philadanco): Five dances resonate

Republished by kind permission from The Dance Journal. Philadanco had a roller-coaster winter when the heating system at their company studios blew out to the tune of a $20,000 repair,…

Photo by Antoinette Mooy

ROCCO (ICKamsterdam/FringeArts): Choreographic gloves come off

Philly dance fans were ringside for the fights last weekend for ROCCO, an exhibition of choreographic pugilism

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Nora Gibson’s dance by the (prime) numbers

“I respect how mathematicians approach their work and I feel I have a kinship with that in my approach.”

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PRODIGAL SON (PA Ballet): Ballet forward with Corella

New artistic director Angel Corella was able to take full advantage of works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and a premiere from resident choreographer Matthew Neenan, to start to show his retooling of the company.

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Dance-noir edge in Jorma Elo’s BalletX premiere

Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo has been shuttling back and forth to Philly this fall to make ‘Gran Partita’, premierin in BalletXs fall program

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Fringe preview: Trajal Harrell brings Greek theater ‘Realness’

Some contemporary choreographers prefer not to explain, in concrete terms, what they intend their choreography to mean, but Trajal Harrell is happy not only to talk about his dance works, but also his creative process. In a phone interview from Berlin earlier this month, Harrell delved into the various aspects of his dance-theater opus Antigone Sr. / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (L), before its opening as one of the centerpiece shows at 2014 FringeArts.