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Articles By: Merilyn Jackson

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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Simian signs and wonders from a charismatic Pierrot

Simian signs and wonders from a charismatic Pierrot

Photo by BILL HEBERT Matteo Scammell , left, as Pierrot, with Brandon Sloan. Hannah De Keijzer, below, gives a frighteningly realistic characterization of Chunky the chimpanzee. By Merilyn Jackson For The Inquirer How likely is it that the commedia dell’arte […]

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Meredith Monk at Bryn Mawr in performance

Meredith Monk at Bryn Mawr in performance

SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Inquirer Staff Photographer Monk, composer, dancer, and director, completed a residency at Bryn Mawr College Sunday with a performance featuring her “Education of the Girlchild” from 1972. By Merilyn Jackson For The Inquirer At Bryn Mawr’s McPherson […]

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Pennsylvania Ballet at the Merriam in Classic Innovations

Pennsylvania Ballet at the Merriam in Classic Innovations

Photo by CANDICE DeTORE Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Julie Diana and soloist James Ihde in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia,” in “Classic Innovations” at the Merriam. By Merilyn Jackson For The Inquirer Fueled by controversy, the public perception of ballet is evolving […]

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The Culmination of the Kun-Yang Lin’s Two-Year Training Program, but Not the End

The Culmination of the Kun-Yang Lin’s Two-Year Training Program, but Not the End

By Merilyn Jackson for The Dance Journal At times unfolding like a book, a two-year comprehensive training program devised by Kun-Yang Lin read through meditative arts with Hsu-Hui Huang of Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theater, the martial arts led by […]

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Hua-Hua Zhang Puppetmaster

Hua-Hua Zhang Puppetmaster

Kun-Yang Lin and Hua Hua Zhang seated in foreground surrounded by workshop participants and their props. By Merilyn Jackson for The Dance Journal Dance is a career that parallels those of athletes in terms of length – short, and actors […]

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Martial Arts: A Training Discipline for Dance?

Martial Arts: A Training Discipline for Dance?

by Merilyn Jackson for The Dance Journal The martial arts and martial arts training are practiced internationally and in recent decades they have played a role in reshaping dance and choreography in the United States and Europe. By studying and […]

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Live Arts brings Lucinda Childs’ ‘Dance’ revival to Philadelphia

Live Arts brings Lucinda Childs’ ‘Dance’ revival to Philadelphia

By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer You are sitting in silence as a black-and-white freeze-frame of phantom dancers appears on a scrim across the front of the stage, the opening shot of a film by artist Sol LeWitt. Then, like […]

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Wilma Theater’s BalletX opens strong, gracefully

Wilma Theater’s BalletX opens strong, gracefully

By Merilyn Jackson For The Inquirer No matter how great the choreography, without the right dancers to breathe life into it, a dance can go flat as a souffle when the oven door is opened too soon. No worries at […]

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