Dance

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

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How to better educate college dancers

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. The Dilemma Each August thousands of dance majors grace the halls of college campuses around the United States. From conservatories to…

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Fringe Preview: Naatya Seva’s Shringara Rasa

Published by The Dance Journal. Republished with kind permission. Although most folks equate classical Indian dance with Bollywood, local Bharathanaatyam dancer Anita Ranjani is working to set the record straight. …

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Fringe Preview: Architectural dance alchemy, Adjacent Spaces by Leah Stein Dance Company

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Leah Stein has had a very prolific year performing and choreographing with several projects overlapping, including the first revival of her…

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An Interview with Inquirer critic Merilyn Jackson

Published by The Dance Journal, republished with kind permission. Merilyn Jackson has been writing regularly on dance for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1996 and prior to that on dance, theater,…

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Nichole Canuso Dance Company Offers First Glimpse of Intimate, Experiential New Work During Fringe Festival

As part of the 2013 Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts, Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) invites audiences to preview The Garden: an experiential journey designed to illuminate the peculiar beauty…

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CIRQUE DU GAY (Quince): Circus in stockings and buttless chaps

Dennis Porter, part of the three-man CIRQUE DU GAY, is trolling up and down the aisle at Plays and Players Theatre in a clown suit. His face is painted white…

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FringeArts announces self-produced Neighborhood Fringe dance performances for 2013 Festival

Published by The DANCE Journal, republished by kind permission. In addition to the festival’s annual selection of Presented Fringe performances by internationally renowned contemporary artists and stars of Philadelphia’s stages, this year’s…

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Dance at Fringe 2013

Published by The DANCE Journal, republished by kind permission. The hot, muggy dog days of Summer are upon us and things have slowed down a bit in the way of…

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JAPANAMERICA WONDERWAVE (Team Sunshine): Post-tsunami, pre-understanding

I came to theater through literature: words brought to life onstage. But seeing any small amount of theater, you quickly realize that that much is communicated between the words. This,…

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RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE (Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental): 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival

An early version of this show lit up the Live Arts Festival in ’05, and I couldn’t wait to see the latest manifestation of the collaboration between Thaddeus Phillips’ Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental and Wilhelm Bros. music. The production has grown up over the intervening years. It’s bigger, wider, and deeper, and just as amazing and magical.

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Fringe Festival Takes Flight with Nichole Canuso Dance Company at the APS Museum

RETURN RETURN DEPARTURE considers the fleeting nature of time and the human compulsion to capture it, and there can be few more poignant examples than an ephemeral dance duet at sunset, videotaped for posterity by the performers themselves.

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Twenty years of Headlong Dance Theater

Through its nearly twenty-year history, Headlong Dance Theater has been stretching boundaries. Stylistically, the company has incorporated such movement backgrounds as ballet, jazz, Bharata Natyam, sports, and sign language. The…

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Wild Bunch in Wild Punch in Kensington

California transplant John Rosenberg opened the Papermill Theater in an old (you guessed it) paper mill in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2010. Since then, it’s been host a number of…

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Annie’s Got a Brand New Bag: See It at the Philly Fringe

Annie Wilson is a local dancer-choreographer-performer-art maker type who has been making her presence known these past several years since graduation from the University of the Arts. I first met…

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Personal Thoughts Made Physical: Jaamil Kosoko talks dance, poetry, and the Gemini Show

Philly-based choreographer and dance impresario Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a busy man these days—creatively, curatorially, and administratively. He recently changed the name of his company from Kosoko Performance Group to The…

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Dance and Music Rights, or When Were You Planning To Pay For That Music, Friend?

In the not distant past, I was watching a dance performance, which I was enjoying, and I couldn’t help thinking—if this dance company was caught by the people who own…

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Lessons from Newt Gingrich: or how we in the theatre and dance communities can stop acting like losers and learn to make the nation love us

How often have you heard that performing arts are dying, that we’re a niche market, that you can never make a living off of it, that we’re a charity case?…

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Meta is Dead. Long Live Meta.

I want to talk about shows in theatre and dance that deal with the audience head on. In other words, works that acknowledge the existence of the audience as part…

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Conceptual Dance and Star Power

My dance vocabulary is limited, so please forgive me as I redefine terms for my own benefit. When I say conceptual dance, I am referring to an experimental dance piece…

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The Right Moves: BalletX’s Summer Series at the Wilma Theater

Perhaps it was a natural cultural chauvinism that kept me away from ballet for so long, even as my sister danced her way through elementary school and my mother eagerly…