Dance

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

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

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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.

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SPLICE (Leah Stein Dance Company): Fringe Review 84

In SPLICE, a single flat wave of board whoops its way through the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, which consists of about four rooms, vaguely defined by false walls.

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WHAT NARWHALS TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOVE (Grace Mi-He Lee and Leslie Elkins): Fringe Review 77

Grace Mi-He Lee and Leslie Elkins set their work in Lee’s living room of her small home in South Philly in the on-and-off tradition of the Rowhouse Fringe.

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#SHAMANICINTERFACES (Group Motion Multi Media Dance Theater): Fringe Review 76

Attempting to embrace “the space between…the familiar and unfamiliar” dancers run rampant through five “interfaces” of movement in #SHAMANICINTERFACES.

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RESURRECTION ROOM (Gunnar Montana): Fringe Review 75

At last year’s Fringe Fest, we entered a blood-splattered BASEMENT filled with all the torment of a broken heart. Gunnar Montana brings us into a shiny, neon-galactic RESURRECTION ROOM this year.

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FROM OUR LIVING ROOM (Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre): Fringe Review 74

FROM OUR LIVING ROOM comprises five original pieces—four duets and one solo—choreographed and performed by the all-female members of the emerging company Birds on a Wire.

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AFTER THE SUMMER SUN (BalletFleming): Fringe Review 72

Award-winning choreographer and artistic director Christopher Fleming has created a beautiful program of new works to open BalletFleming’s 2014-15 season.

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BROKEN ROAD (Joanna McBride): Fringe Review 71

A thought-provoking performance, BROKEN ROAD explores the tension that tears apart families. Choreographer Joanna McBride uses ballet-inspired movement, drawing from her own experience to drive the narrative. Threading together themes…

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NOT YOUR MOTHER’S MOTH (Megan Flynn & Teresa VanDenend Sorge): Fringe Review 64

Flynn and VanDenend Sorge captured the spirit of the Fringe season by experimenting within their art form as they intimately shared their pasts.