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BalletFleming’s The Movement of the Heart at Painted Bride Art Center


Presenting the perfect Valentine’s Day treat: BalletFleming’s The Movement of the Heart includes the Philadelphia premiere of Christopher Fleming’s Café Music, Dali and The Edge of Assurances with members of the BalletFleming company.

Featuring two performances at Painted Bride Art Center on February 14 and 15 at 7pm, The Movement of the Heart will also include Mary Anthony’s The Wind performed by Janet Pilla, former principal dancer with the Jeanne Ruddy Dance Company, and the premiere of choreographer Jenn Rose (two-time Broadway  World Philadelphia Award winner),The Missing Piece.

The Edge of Assurances premiered over a decade ago with The Ohio Ballet. But because love is an eternal theme, it is just as fresh in 2013 as it was in 2000. At the time, Elaine Guregian of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote, “In creating The Edge of Assurances, Fleming started with the music, then got involved in the emotional side of the dance. The ballet uses a group of nine dancers in addition to three main characters, Pain, Anger and Depression. The three principal dancers depict the emotions found in a single individual. The musical selections alternate between pieces by the baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and the performer/composer Evelyn Glennie, best known as a percussionist.” Wilma Salisbury of the Cleveland Plain Dealer described The Edge of Assurances as “a beautiful, pure dance, clear in concept and expressive in execution.”

Choreographer and Artistic Director Christopher Fleming is “thrilled to return to Painted Bride with these Philadelphia premieres, and to present them as part of The Movement of the Heart.

Tickets are $25 each, available through the Company’s website: www.balletfleming.org or by calling the Studio: 215-454-2858. Painted Bride Art Center is located at 230 Vine Street in Old City. The Movement of the Heart runs approximately 90 minutes, including two intermissions.

- Steven Weisz

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While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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