Dance

Coverage of dance, movement, and related performance art in Philadelphia.

Events of all types are held at L'Etage Cabaret at 6th and Bainbridge streets.

Striptease Fundraiser: A true story

Henrik Eger tried to go to a fundraiser for Hidden River Arts… and ended up at a burlesque show instead.

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Undercover Circus in a West Philly Park: Tangle Movement Arts at Clark Park Farmers Market

The show will feature acrobats disguised as normal visitors to the popular Clark Park Farmers Market,

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There’s No Bizness like SHOWBIZ: Sebastian has a new show

Sebastian describes SHOWBIZ as “part theater, part concert special, part social commentary extravaganza.”

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet. | Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

A TRIBUTE TO JEROME ROBBINS (PA Ballet): Perfect for Mother’s Day

Most balletomanes credit Balanchine with capturing the American spirit in ballet, but to me it’s Jerome Robbins who deserves the accolades.

Photo by Johanna Austin, AustinArt.org.

DUST (Megan Bridge/FringeArts): All we are

Evidence of life. Enemy of the domestic goddess. Culprit of hay fever. The stuff we’re all destined for. DUST has connotations both mundane and eternal.

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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,…

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Philadelphia Hosts World Dance Day

International Day has grown into a weeklong celebration of dance that commences on April 22 and finishes on April 29,

Lee Minora and Matteo Scammell in THE HAIRY APE. Photo by David Sarrafian.

THE HAIRY APE (EgoPo): The cage of modern life

The challenge for EgoPo director Brenna Geffers was to make a play which must have been theatrically and politically radical a century ago relevant to a 21st-century audience.

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Revolutionary Theater, Dance, and Circus: NICE AND FRESH at Cliveden historic house

This month, Cliveden opens its historic grounds for a two-night engagement of new performing arts.

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SWAN LAKE (PA Ballet): An enduring classic

If you want to see the traditional ballet form challenged but simultaneously upheld then Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of the Tchaikovsky classic is just the ticket.

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No Elephants in This Circus: Lauren Rile Smith talks about Tangle Movement Arts’ circus-theater cabaret TELL IT SLANT

Lauren Rile Smith talks about circus, feminism, and whether or not there will be large mammals at Tangle Movement Arts TELL IT SLANT.

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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BLACK SWAN (Dance Iquail): Tutus as Afros just aren’t enough!

Dance Iquail used the tutu, which is an iconic costume in classical ballet, placed it atop the heads of the dancers and shifted its representation from a symbol of white ballet to a symbol of black pride.

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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.”

Photo by Laurent Ziegler.

Yo Adrian! ROCCO boxing-dance hits FringeArts

Created by acclaimed Dutch choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten, ROCCO pits male dancer-fighters against one another in a suite of choreographed bouts

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WINTER SERIES 2015 (BalletX): Sizzling Despite the Snow

BalletX is on fire. Their winter series provides Philadelphia with the perfect antidote to the cold-weather blues.

Magda San Millan and Chelsea Murphy. Photo by Josh McIlvain..

THE VULGAR EARLY WORKS (Chelsea & Magda): Sex, society, slapstick

Chelsea & Magda speak directly from their vaginas. If you’re not into that kind of thing, don’t see THE VULGAR EARLY WORKS.

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BalletX Winter Series 2015: Norbert De La Cruz III connects classical steps with modern contortions

Just 26 years old, De La Cruz has already received astounding recognition for his choreography. BalletX premiere’s his “Talsikan” as part of the Winter Series 2015.

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An Evening of Duets: Dance review

Now in its third year, An Evening of Duets featured twelve different companies from Philadelphia to New York City.

Alexander Peters in George Balanchine's "Prodigal Son." Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev.

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.