Dance

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

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Dance in Sketch: Jérôme Bel (FringeArts)

Witnessing Jérôme Bel’s dance I captured the representation of a baroque drama, an existential dance, and light and sound personified.

Photo Credit: Alexander Iziliaev

REVOLUTION (PA Ballet): Revolution for our mind

Dance is an ever-changing artform: the standard themes change, technique changes,audiences change. Even such key aspects and tools as the body shape of the dancers change.

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MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (NextMove DANCE): Timeless dances

As a pioneer dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham established the root of modern dance almost single-handedly.

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Getting NOWHERE FAST: Sam Tower and BRAT team up for female-fronted rock ‘n’ roll dance theater

Jess Conda joins Sam Tower + Ensemble in an all badass female rock noir cabaret.

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Hope Rising concert inspires awareness and action

Some 50 dance artists and choreographers presenting a wide variety of styles and dance leve

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RUBBERBANDance Group (NextMove Dance): Hip-Hop, beyond borders

Over four decades, NextMove Dance (formerly Dance Affiliates) has led the dance scene in Philadelphia, bringing countless cutting-edge dance companies from around the world. As the opening program of NextMove’s 46th…

Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Oksana Maslova in Ben Stevenson’s CINDERELLA.
Photo Credit: Alexander Iziliaev

CINDERELLA (PA Ballet): Enchanting ballet magic

The ballet shows the brave and caring intention of artistic director Angel Corella to the company and the Philadelphia ballet fans.

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Pennsylvania Ballet II performs at Culture in the Courtyard

PB II performed under clear, blue skies, with William Penn as their backdrop

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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.