Dance

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

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Graffito Works: Improvisation Leading PROCESSION: THE ART OF NORMAN LEWIS (PAFA)

The first comprehensive museum overview of influential artist Norman Lewis opened at PAFA with an improvisational dance performance.

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25th Anniversary (Koresh): Celebrating an anniversary with new work

While each piece was different in many ways, there was nonetheless a common stylistic approach that tied them all together: rhythmic dramatic strength.

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DON QUIXOTE (PA Ballet): Love and passion, Spanish style

Based on the beloved novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, DON QUIXOTE has been one of the most popular and challenging ballets for over a century.

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I’D RATHER CHOKE THAN BE A QUITTER (Sam Tower + Ensemble): Grace versus crushing rage

A multimedia collaboration helmed by choreographer Sam Tower, who created last year’s Fringe hit 901 Nowhere Street.

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DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM (Annenberg Center): A deserved world-class reputation

Anyone who appreciates modern dance should see the Dance Theatre of Harlem. They are exquisite.

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WHOLE: WITHOUT ANY PARTS MISSING (Coaction Dance Collective): One to Watch

A showcase by an emerging dance company showed each choreographer’s strengths.

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DANCE AND THE SPIRIT (Ronald K. Brown/Evidence): Dance review

The company showcased their versatility by jumping between different styles, but doing so with the pure talent and artistry of experienced professional dancers.

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The Lady Hoofers, DOLLAR: A dance film

The Lady Hoofers, Philly’s premiere all female tap ensemble, debuted their first ever short film, DOLLAR, on Saturday night.

"One Heartbeat Above One Shadow Below" by Yin Yue. Dancers: Gary W. Jeter II, Chloe Felisina (in red top), Richard Villaverde, Zachary Kapeluck, Daniel Moyo. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

WINTER SERIES 2016 (BalletX): Nothing if not innovative

Edgy. Experimental. Eccentric. BalletX is nothing if not innovative. The company didn’t disappoint in the recent, sold-out Winter Series. The pinnacle of the series was Trey McIntyre’s “Big Ones,” a…

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CHERCHEZ LA FEMME (femme. collective): Female Works Through The Eyes Of One Male Gaze

Archiving experiences of the female body, the Femme Collective not only revealed conditions of the feminist iconography, but was also staged potluck for sourcing the gendered self.

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From Spain, with Love: Angel Corella and PA Ballet’s Don Quixote

“There was really only one option,” laughs the Spaniard. “It could only be Don Quixote.”

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Raphael Xavier explains it all in one form or another

“In stand-up when you are in front of that audience, all your senses are completely heightened, you hear and see everything that is going on in the audience…” Xavier says with a laugh “then it’s all nerve.”

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BALLET HISPANICO (Annenberg Center Live): Boldness and diversity of dances

The three dances Ballet Hispanico picked for the performance at the Annenberg Center show the diversity of Hispanic cultures and their dances.

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STRENGTH & LONGING (PA Ballet): Longing for higher and stronger

The selections show artistic director Angel Corella’s close attention to the dancers’ talents and characters and his passion to bring out the best in them.

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EZRALOW DANCE (Dance Affiliates): Showcase of groovy and unpredicted imagination

Daniel Ezralow, the director and choreographer of Ezralow Dance, has been internationally recognized and awarded for his visceral and imaginative work, which includes the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi…

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REVERIE (Drexel Dance Ensemble): Young artistry on display

An anthology showcase, where most of the choreographers and all of the dancers were students.

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Two Philadelphia Companies Shine at APAP 2016

Koresh Dance Company and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers perform in a APAP showing.

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More Flamenco. More Wine. Tablao Philly returns with flamenco superstar Almudena Serrano

Pasión y Arte brings flamenco superstar Almudena Serrano to the Asian Arts Initiative for the second Tablao Philly

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Winter’s Hottest Forecast: SNOWBALL 2016 by Brian Sanders’ JUNK will blow you away!

This year’s SNOWBALL, an annual winter fundraiser for Brian Sanders’ JUNK, transforms Union Transfer into a winter wonderland filled with daring dance, music, raffles, drinks, and a spectacular faux snowball fight.

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SOLONELY TOGETHER (Carolyn O’Brien): Finding gems in DIY art

A collection of short pieces by a number of different emerging artists from various disciplines on the subject of loneliness.