Bigkid Dance – it’s better when you close your eyes

Bigkid Dance, a new contemporary dance company (community) in Philadelphia premiers their new evening length work ‘it’s better when you close your eyes’.

This work is a representation of dealing with anxiety and depression in isolation, nostalgia, fear of death and lingering on loss all while trying to move forward in life. We want to create a dance work that feels futuristic in its aesthetic while being rooted in authenticity of our experiences, memories and growing up. This work is choreographed by Mark Caserta in collaboration with the BigKid Artists.

Featuring Kira Shiina, Chip Alexandria, Miles Yeung, Emma Olivier and Roderick Phifer.

*Masks are REQUIRED.
Proof of full Vaccination is REQUIRED.

Thursday, December 16th 8:30pm Performance is SOLD OUT!!
Friday, December 17th 2pm Performance has a few tickets left!

Founded by Philly born and raised artist Mark Caserta, this new dance community/company approaches contemporary dance with a fresh blend of styles ranging from contemporary ballet to social and street dance styles to theater. Under the direction of Mark Caserta (previously Complexions Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Camille A. Brown & Dancers), the company represents a high caliber of dance artistry while expressing the human condition whole heartedly. Bigkid Dance’s mission is to create work with love and humanity at the forefront in efforts to expand community and create more compassion in our society.

Nava Dunkelman & gabby fluke-mogul Duo, Asimina Chremos & Borbs

presented by Fire Museum…

Nava Dunkelman is a percussionist and improviser. Her musical approach is innovative and dynamic, combining virtuosity and intuition. Meticulous in an intrinsic way, she uses her distinctive sound pallet to explore and give life to a vast spectrum of musical possibilities.

gabby fluke-mogul is a New York based violinist, improviser, & composer. fluke-mogul exists within the threads of improvisation, the jazz continuum, noise, & experimental music. Their playing has been described as “embodied, visceral, & virtuosic” & “the most striking sound in improvised music in years…”

Asimina Chremos’ work “…reveals the world—its materiality and politics and social structures—as less solid, more permeable, surprising and strange than we might think it is.” (David Brick, Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Headlong Dance Theater)

BORBS is an mystery, borbs are flying…

PROOF OF VACCINATION & MASKS REQUIRED. SEATING IS LIMITED FOR PURPOSES OF DISTANCING, ADVANCED TICKETS ARE RECOMMENDED.

Temple MFA Dance Thesis Concert: Latina

Latina, a dance film by MFA in Dance candidate, Amelia Martinez, will be streamed online November 19th 2021. This film is a collaboration with cinematographers Chen-Yi Wu, June Wang, and animator Chia Hsien Lin. A Q&A will follow after the performance.

Latina is a thesis project choreographed by Amelia Martinez, that reflects her perspective on what it is like being Latina. She and her dancers, Tatiana Lawson and Kimberly Caccia Ravan, dance with yarn, braiding their unique stories together to create their own tapestry of entangled experiences. The dance consists of mostly modern movement combined with fiber arts. Animations by Chia Hsien Lin bring a whimsical touch to the film with beautiful colors and imagery. Film collaborators, Chen-Yi Wu and June Wang, capture the weaving bodies and yarn with a soft authentic vison.

Amelia Martinez is a modern dance artist who choreographs with yarn to explore recurring themes of femininity, Latinidad, and community. Currently she is pursuing an MFA in Dance degree from Temple University. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 2014 with a BA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. Notable choreographies are Unravel Me for the Choreographers of Virginia Showcase at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Duality/Prayers of My People performed for Temple University’s Endings Showcase 2019.

Koresh Artist Showcase

The Koresh Artist Showcase is an initiative that was created to give local, emerging talent a platform to present their work as well as give the community a chance to discover new artists and new styles of dance.

You’re invited to our last showcase of this season, featuring a diverse group of local artists who are sharing a combination of complete works and works-in-progress. Come see & support what these artists have been creating.

Program will include works by the following featured artists…

Ana Maria Icaza
ARTIST HOUSE Asya Zlatina and Dancers
Audra Hofacker
ChellieFig Crew from Dance Arts Conservatory
Jim Bunting
Kelli Moore
Koresh Youth Ensemble
Meg Allison Improvisation Company
Megan Flynn Megan Flynn Dance Company
Meena Chen

***Health and Safety Guidelines***
We are asking that all guests show proof of full vaccination OR negative test was taken within 72 hours from arriving, along with proper ID. The performance will be capped in seating to minimize the number of audience members at each show

Koresh Artist Showcase

The Koresh Artist Showcase is an initiative that was created to give local, emerging talent a platform to present their work as well as give the community a chance to discover new artists and new styles of dance.

You’re invited to our last showcase of this season, featuring a diverse group of local artists who are sharing a combination of complete works and works-in-progress. Come see & support what these artists have been creating.

Program will include works by the following featured artists…

Ana Maria Icaza
ARTIST HOUSE Asya Zlatina and Dancers
Audra Hofacker
ChellieFig Crew from Dance Arts Conservatory
Jim Bunting
Kelli Moore
Koresh Youth Ensemble
Meg Allison Improvisation Company
Megan Flynn Megan Flynn Dance Company
Meena Chen

***Health and Safety Guidelines***
We are asking that all guests show proof of full vaccination OR negative test was taken within 72 hours from arriving, along with proper ID. The performance will be capped in seating to minimize the number of audience members at each show

Koresh Artist Showcase

The Koresh Artist Showcase is an initiative that was created to give local, emerging talent a platform to present their work as well as give the community a chance to discover new artists and new styles of dance.

You’re invited to our last showcase of this season, featuring a diverse group of local artists who are sharing a combination of complete works and works-in-progress. Come see & support what these artists have been creating.

Program will include works by the following featured artists…

Ana Maria Icaza
ARTIST HOUSE Asya Zlatina and Dancers
Audra Hofacker
ChellieFig Crew from Dance Arts Conservatory
Jim Bunting
Kelli Moore
Koresh Youth Ensemble
Meg Allison Improvisation Company
Megan Flynn Megan Flynn Dance Company
Meena Chen

***Health and Safety Guidelines***
We are asking that all guests show proof of full vaccination OR negative test was taken within 72 hours from arriving, along with proper ID. The performance will be capped in seating to minimize the number of audience members at each show

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center presents Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) is one of the country’s premier contemporary Asian-American dance companies, described as “deeply spiritual” by Dance Magazine. Hailed for superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, KYL/D celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, spirit and mind, inviting viewers to engage in their own journeys of self-discovery. Proceeding from a rich frame informed by living traditions, contemplative practices, and diverse philosophies of Asian origin, KYL/D creates world-class dance that integrates virtuosity with humanity. Founder and Executive Artistic Director, Kun-Yang Lin’s zen-inspired practice of dance manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility that the New York Times says “create and inhabit worlds of their own.” KYL/D’s debut evening length performance at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center will include signature repertoire, including Moon, Chi, Santuario, and a preview of the company’s new work, Fish & Girl.