Articles By: Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson’s Book Review of The Art of Falling

Merilyn Jackson’s Book Review of The Art of Falling

by Merilyn Jackson for The Dance Journal The Art of Falling, A novel by Kathryn Craft, Pub Date, January, 2014 Sourcebooks, Inc., 353 pp, $14.99 Have you heard the one about the anorexic dancer who fell off a balcony and […]

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An Attempt to Fail at Groundbreaking Theater comes to Philadelphia

An Attempt to Fail at Groundbreaking Theater comes to Philadelphia

By Merilyn Jackson for The Dance Journal If you’ve ever been to a MiRo Mash-Up, you know that the deal is a weeklong workshop between a local band, a guest artist and the five-member dance group, which then shows what […]

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REVIEW: Koresh Dance Company

REVIEW: Koresh Dance Company

By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER What a wonderful thing when a city’s audience base sustains an arts organization for two decades or more. Koresh Dance Company’s 20th anniversary year is upon us, and the company proved that it deserves […]

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REVIEW: BalletX

REVIEW: BalletX

By Merilyn Jackson for The Inquirer BalletX opened its fifth season at the Wilma Theater on Wednesday with a triple bill sparkling with surprising and lovely performances by company newcomers and more-senior members. A new initiative backed by the Knight […]

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Two dancers in Seed are a spellbinding pairing

Two dancers in Seed are a spellbinding pairing

by Merilyn Jackson for The Inquirer Tui is the Maori name for a black bird with a small white tuft at its throat. When the English came to New Zealand, its native habitat, they named it the parson bird. Tuis […]

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Sam-Gam BAM!, triple-power dance at Drexel

Sam-Gam BAM!, triple-power dance at Drexel

By Merilyn Jackson For The Inquirer Philadelphia’s dancers have built a community that’s the envy of other cities around the country. A Washington City Paper article last month cited Headlong Dance Theater as a ringleader, quoting one of its founders, […]

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Thunderous reception for 4 dance works

By Merilyn Jackson For The Inquirer The Earth goddess of Philadelphia dance, Joan Myers Brown, hurled a thunderbolt of a program at the near-capacity audience in the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater Friday evening – but instead of running for cover, the […]

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Choreography aims for gut, not head

By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer Artistic director/choreographer Roni Koresh sometimes cherry-picks the best-received sections from his earlier dances, gathers them into a sequence, then gives the whole a title and a vague raison d’etre, as he has with his […]

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At PIFA, a sparkling dance premiere

By Merilyn Jackson, FOR THE INQUIRER The backbone of the month-long Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts has been more local than international, with collaborations among many Philadelphia arts groups. Some were unlikely matches and few will live on memorably […]

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Homegrown dance, times two

Homegrown dance, times two

Framed with texts from Kierkegaard and Beckett, Curt Haworth’s acrobatic “Either/Or” featured William Robinson (left) and John Luna. By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer Vince Johnson’s athletic “Drunken Monkey,” about a troupe of warrior monks,… Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective (which […]

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