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


Pennsylvania Ballet II performs at Culture in the Courtyard

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


PHILADANCO IN CONCERT (Philadanco): 2016 Fringe review 92

This is a seasoned company that dances with maturity and intent.


CONVERGENCE (DanceSpora): 2016 Fringe review 91

The Trenton-based dance company DanceSpora premiered two works at the Fringe Festival.


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?


LE CARGO (Faustin Linyekula) 2016 Fringe review 89

“I am simply here to dance,” says Faustin Linyekula.


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.


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…


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.


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


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.

Credit: Will Drinker

EXPLICIT FEMALE (Here[begin] Dance): 2016 Fringe review 73

Zornitsa Stoyanova asks us to consider the female body as embodiment of generations of ancestral procreation, a host for the alien parasites of new generations, and—through a glass, darkly—as a sexual object.


BARRY: MAMALOSHEN IN DANCE (Asya Zlatina): 2016 Fringe review 65

Featuring young talents and Zlatina’s storytelling choreography, BARRY is a show with heart and love, quick on its feet.


Fringe in Sketch: FORE-IGN/ FORE-OUT

The movement was very inspiring, and the diversity of the show was all encompassing.


CATCH TAKES BOK (Catch and Thirdbird): 2016 Fringe review 59

Brooklyn’s CATCH is a showcase for experimental artists in all genres—The Ed Sullivan Show on acid.

Pictured: Gabriel Cabezas, Chloe Felesina, Edgar Anido, Emilie-Anne Gendron    Photo Credit: Bill Hebert

WITH FLINT AND STEEL (Duende): 2016 Fringe review 57

A highly experimental, improvisational, and fascinating Fringe performance


WROUGHTLAND (Gunnar Montana): 2016 Fringe review 55

Gunar Montana’s choreography is seriously energetic, more downright sexual than subtly sensual.