Koresh Dance Company to present two world premieres during its 2010 Fall Season in PhiladelphiaSep 22nd, 2010 | By Steven Weisz | Category: Archived Articles
Koresh Dance Company takes the stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre for its 2010 fall season featuring two world premieres by Ronen (Roni) Koresh, Somewhere in Between and Benchtime Stories. Performances will be held from Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, October 31.
If you could go back in time, what would you change? Would you change anything or would you do it the same all over again? In Somewhere in Between, Roni challenges both the viewers and himself with these questions. It is a reflection on the past, a pause to recognize and remember forgotten dreams, while still looking towards the future. It is only in acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses that you can move on with renewed and clearer vision. This piece is inspired by the words of Karl Mullen as Roni breathes new life into his work and discovers how the past has shaped his present.
In Benchtime Stories, Roni uses a simple wooden park bench as his voice. This lonely bench will witness the unraveling relationships between people from all walks of life, some dramatic, some humorous and some abstract. The creation of Benchtime Stories was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1991, Ronen (Roni) Koresh fulfilled a lifelong dream with the help of his brother Alon Koresh and founded the Koresh Dance Company. Known for its engaging performances and technically superb dancers, the company is a leading force nationally and internationally. Roni has developed a repertory of work that ranges from explosive and passionate, to intimate and restrained. The company’s repertory also includes work by Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, Paul Selwyn Norton and Ohad Naharin. The company’s home in Philadelphia is the Koresh School of Dance which has become a mecca for dancers throughout the Philadelphia community. Along with touring and rehearsing his company, Roni remains dedicated to teaching not only at his studio, but also at The University of the Arts, where he has been a professor of dance since 1986. Roni’s work has been commissioned by Derryl Yeager’s Odyssey Dance Theater in Utah, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Brandywine Ballet in West Chester, Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, and Dance Celebration, a co-presentation of Dance Affiliates and Penn Presents, at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. For his choreography, Roni has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
Koresh Dance Company
Somewhere in Between and Benchtime Stories
Oct 28 at 8pm, Oct 29 at 8pm, Oct 30 at 2pm & 8pm, Oct 31 at 7pm
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad St • Box Office 215.985.0420