Dance

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

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.

Nora Gibson, photo by Brian Mengini

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

Photo by: Alexander Iziliaev

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.

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Temple University Dance Faculty Concert: Branches, boxing rings, and the boldly political

Temple’s faculty show featured works by current dance faculty and guest artist Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance

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Do Not Give This Man Your Money: Sebastian’s hilarious Kickstarter video

Sebastian has created a hilarious faux news Kickstarter video lambasting racism, homophobia, and media vacuity. If the show is going to be this good, it’s worth throwing in a couple bucks.

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Back on Stage After 12 Years: SmokeyScout’s Nice and Fresh January!

Theater, dance, circus, and a return to the stage after 12 years. Nice and Fresh January is supremely accessible performance art.

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THE DELICATE HOUR (Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak): 60 minutes from memory

Shanahan writes that her research focuses on new movement language that expands the notions of body beyond those prescribed by Western approaches to dance. N

Photo by Frank Bicking with Dancer, Andrea Romesser of The Koresh Dance School.

The Koresh Artist Showcase: A Slice For You, A Slice For Me!

On January 18, The Koresh Artist Showcase presented a variety of works that made it easy to remember why we love to watch dance in the first place.

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Sex on Stage in FEST (FringeArts) and KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE (American Realness [NYC])

What occurs in a theater when sex happens? Ivo Dimchev’s FEST and Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek’s KEIN APPLAUS FÜR SCHEISSE present two very different looks.

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THE FIFTH ELEMENT: Brian Sanders’ JUNK returns with Its 5th annual SNOWBALL

This year’s SNOWBALL—the annual one-night-only festive winter-wonderland fundraiser for Brian Sanders’ JUNK—will fill the Trocadero (where Sanders produced his first show in 1992) with spectacular dance, food, and libations inspired…