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Category: Lew’s Danceland

Choreographic minds & bodies meet in a Flash

Choreographic minds & bodies meet in a Flash

by Lew Whittington for The Dance Journal Philadelphia choreographer Rennie Harris isn’t onstage much anymore, but he never officially retired from performing- he just was preoccupied with running his company Puremovement, choreographing and teaching dance in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and […]

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Dance-noir edge in Jorma Elo’s BalletX premiere

Dance-noir edge in Jorma Elo’s BalletX premiere

by Lew Whittington for The Dance Journal photos by Bill Hebert Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo has been shuttling back and forth to Philly this fall to make ‘Gran Partita’ a new work to premiere on BalletX in their current program […]

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Dancetracks – Koresh Dance Company’s Joe Cotler

Dancetracks – Koresh Dance Company’s Joe Cotler

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Photographs by Bicking Photography Koresh Dance Company is known for culturally expansive choreography, earthy duets and uniform performance attack. For company member Joe Cotler, who has an imposing 6’2” dancer physique, he fits […]

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Sharp’s Journey Home

Sharp’s Journey Home

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Christ Church Neighborhood Theater, October 10-12 Sharp Dance Company’s ‘The Journey’ is a large sampling of dance works by Diane Sharp-Nachsin since she began her company nine years ago. Starting with a 2003 […]

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Honoring A Memory & Celebrating A Community – BHPhotos Choreography Showcase V

Honoring A Memory & Celebrating A Community – BHPhotos Choreography Showcase V

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Philadelphia Dance photographer Bill Hebert was a business major at Temple University headed for the corporate world, but he veered to an artistic track when a friend invited him to a dance performance. […]

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FringeArts – Dance worlds converge in What I Learned About Outer Space

FringeArts – Dance worlds converge in What I Learned About Outer Space

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal FringeArts guest artists engaged in a choreographic jam session with Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, composers and musicians from the Curtis Institute for the centerpiece festival premiere of “What I Learned From Outer Space.” The […]

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FringeArts – Trajal Harrell brings Greek theater ‘Realness’

FringeArts – Trajal Harrell brings Greek theater ‘Realness’

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Some contemporary choreographers prefer not to explain, in concrete terms, what they intend their choreography to mean, but Trajal Harrell is happy not only to talk about his dance works, but also his […]

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Lew’s Picks for FringeArts 2014

Lew’s Picks for FringeArts 2014

By Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Disclaimer – my main recommendation is don’t listen to anybody except your own taste and instincts. The subjective nature of preview lists is automatically suspect because I firmly believe it is impossible to […]

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Bang Group taps into GayFest

Bang Group taps into GayFest

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal In its fourth year and biggest year yet, GayFest! Festival fills in the spare stage offerings of August with an array of theater focused on GLBTQ themes. In the third festival appearance The […]

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The Rock School of Dance Education - photo by Frank Bicking

Review – The 2nd Come Together Dance Festival – PARTS 3 & 4

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Saturday, July 26 Day four of The Come Together Dance Festival had everyone sitting on the edge of their dance seats from the start for Rennie Harris PureMovement in a ’Nuttin But a […]

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