Dance

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

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PHILADANCO IN CONCERT (Philadanco): 2016 Fringe review 92

This is a seasoned company that dances with maturity and intent.

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CONVERGENCE (DanceSpora): 2016 Fringe review 91

The Trenton-based dance company DanceSpora premiered two works at the Fringe Festival.

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PORTRAIT OF MYSELF AS MY FATHER (nora chipaumire): 2016 Fringe review 90

How do you become a man? A black man? A black African man?

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LE CARGO (Faustin Linyekula) 2016 Fringe review 89

“I am simply here to dance,” says Faustin Linyekula.

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Fringe in Sketch: WROUGHTLAND

A land where fairy tales take a wicked turn, and the innocent and optimistic stories of happily-ever-after wrought into the harsh realities of life.

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RHIZOMAS (Ryuzo Fukuhara): 2016 Fringe review 86

Improvisation is an enticing, yet dangerous, approach to performing.

Photo by Bill Hebert

WITH FLINT AND STEEL (duende): 2016 Fringe review 85

WITH FLINT AND STEEL, this year’s Fringe offering by experimental music and dance group duende, consists of seven separate pieces, each by a different choreographer.

Photo: Blue Chemical Photography

FORE-IGN/ FORE-OUT (Carbonell, Chisena, Gavino, McKenzie): 2016 Fringe review 84

Excerpted by kind permission from thINKingDANCE. In FORE-IGN/ FORE-OUT, four choreographers explore states of liminality—of how to be between things. In Matriz, Evalina Carbonell uses a stage-spanning black banner and fluid…

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WALK TO TOPAZ (Brendon Tetsuo): 2016 Fringe review 82

An autobiographical solo dance work tracing how a family history in a Japanese Internment Camp has affected succeeding generations.

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THE ONE, THE OTHER ONE, & THE MANY (The Naked Stark): 2016 Fringe review 80

THE ONE, THE OTHER ONE, & THE MANY reflected an everlasting struggle, a universal dynamic to shift parochial perspectives through time and evolving relationships

Photo by Michael Bartmann.

PORTAL (Leah Stein Dance Company): 2016 Fringe review 79

the rich layering of performance capacity matched the layers of movement space that Leah Stein’s PORTAL attended to

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BALANCE (JheeSha Productions): 2016 Fringe review 76

The Kathak performance weaved together photography and dance, narrative and abstraction, the traditional and the contemporary in an exploration of life’s many off-kilter moments.

Credit: Will Drinker

EXPLICIT FEMALE (Here[begin] Dance): 2016 Fringe review 73

Zornitsa Stoyanova asks us to consider the female body as embodiment of generations of ancestral procreation, a host for the alien parasites of new generations, and—through a glass, darkly—as a sexual object.

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BARRY: MAMALOSHEN IN DANCE (Asya Zlatina): 2016 Fringe review 65

Featuring young talents and Zlatina’s storytelling choreography, BARRY is a show with heart and love, quick on its feet.

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Fringe in Sketch: FORE-IGN/ FORE-OUT

The movement was very inspiring, and the diversity of the show was all encompassing.

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CATCH TAKES BOK (Catch and Thirdbird): 2016 Fringe review 59

Brooklyn’s CATCH is a showcase for experimental artists in all genres—The Ed Sullivan Show on acid.

Pictured: Gabriel Cabezas, Chloe Felesina, Edgar Anido, Emilie-Anne Gendron    Photo Credit: Bill Hebert

WITH FLINT AND STEEL (Duende): 2016 Fringe review 57

A highly experimental, improvisational, and fascinating Fringe performance

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WROUGHTLAND (Gunnar Montana): 2016 Fringe review 55

Gunar Montana’s choreography is seriously energetic, more downright sexual than subtly sensual.

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PANDÆMONIUM (Nichole Canuso Dance Company): 2016 Fringe review 42.2

An exploration of divorce and disconnection in the California desert.