Dance

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

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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.

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…

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STOMP (Merriam): Still going strong

Why has STOMP, with its pedestrian costumes and trash yard set, stood the test of time?

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1,1 HOLIDAY REVUE SPECIAL (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): Family fun?

Ordinarily I wouldn’t recommend JUNK for children, but the company’s 1.1 Holiday Revue Special is just fabulous.

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“Musicians of Silence”: MUMMENSCHANZ returns to the Annenberg

MUMMENSCHANZ transform the ordinary into extraordinary using everyday objects and silent storytelling.

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Scratch Night provides a preview of a family-friendly holiday special from Brian Sanders’ JUNK

FringeArts’ December Scratch Night included a sneak peek of the 1.1 HOLIDAY REVUE SPECIAL, this year’s all-ages seasonal offering by Brian Sanders’ JUNK.

Andrea Yorita (and musicians) in Matthew Neenan's "Increasing" Photo by: Bill Hebert

Fall Series (BalletX): Darkness on the edge of ballet

BalletX’s Fall Series features three disparate dances united by evocative lighting schemes and the genre-stretching beauty of movement which characterizes the company.

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Political choreographer: Interview with Rami Be’er, artistic director of Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

No dance company on earth has a history as moving as the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. KCDC’s story begins with Yehudit Arnon, an 18-year-old Jewish dancer who was interned at…

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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

Photo by Bill Hebert

November 2014 Showcase (ETC Performance Series): Camaraderie, innovation, and tap

For the past 8 years, the ETC. Performance Series has provided local dancers with a supportive environment in which to experiment, try out new ideas and strut their stuff.

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Scratch Night returns to FringeArts

FringeArts’ monthly Scratch Night is a great place to see inventive performance art in an embryonic form.

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PHINDIE BIKE TOUR 2.0: Kensington Arts

On November 8, 2014, join Phindie for Bike Tour 2.0, which will take viewers to experience the Near Northeast’s idiosyncratic, cutting-edge arts!

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“IT ONLY GETS HARDER”: Randy Swartz on the dance scene in economically strapped times

Henrik Eger talked to the founder of Dance Affiliates about the inner workings of the international dance scene in these more economically strapped times.

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Can Movement Be Delicious? Eiko Otake in search of deliciousness in movement and life

Eiko will introduce and explain the philosophy of Delicious Movement as a quiet, slow-paced, creative practice available to everyone

Chloe Felesina dancing for BalletX. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

BalletX Shines at Art After 5

The performance encapsulated the company’s signature combination of strong technique and quirky choreography.

NYC comedy troupe Awful DJ come to Northwest Philadelphia as part of SmokeyScout's NICE AND FRESH series.

New season of NICE AND FRESH brings dance, theater, and NYC comedy

SmokeyScout Productions’ Nice and Fresh performing arts series is like a mini Fringe Festival each month

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The Fringe in nine and a half hours: the Phindie Fringe Bike Tour Diaries (part two)

Nine point five hours, five pieces of theater, ten bicyclists, and no great plan on how we’re gonna eat: that was the format for day two of PHINDIE’S OFFICIAL FRINGE BIKE TOUR.

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LOVERTITS (Annie Wilson): Fringe review 86

The topic of Annie Wilson’s LOVERTITS is the female body. But the bodies are at turns irreverent, nonchalant, non-sexualized.