PHILADANCO presents Moving… Beyond Forward, April 21-23

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents The Philadelphia Dance Company, affectionately known as PHILADANCO!, in their newest concert Moving… Beyond Forward, in the Perelman Theater, Friday, April 21, 2023, through Sunday, April 23, 2023. Moving – Beyond Forward will feature electrifying performances from a selection of PHILADANCO’s longtime choreographers, including Milton

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Brian Sanders' JUNK

Igor’s Firebird & JUNK’s Carmen heat up Verizon Hall

Brian Sanders’ acrobatic dance troupe JUNK swung into action at Verizon Hall with Kensho Watanabe conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra for three performances of the “Carmen Suite,” scored to Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin’s adaptation of French composer Georges Bizet’s symphonic narrative, from March 10-12. Two years ago, Sanders had told the

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Vanity Markee

Vanity Markee, A Bad Girl in Heels Who’s Just Getting Started

Vanity Markee is a trailblazer in the Philadelphia dance community, starting the city’s first heels company, Bad Girls in Heels. Offering technique and terminology to dancers in a heel with the intention of promoting women’s empowerment is a cornerstone of Vanity’s brand. Between collaborations with notable brands such as FashionNova

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KYL/D Marks 25 Years with a Refined Retrospective of Work

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, one of Philadelphia’s leading modern dance companies, embodies the “zen-inspired practice of dance” of its founder and Artistic Director, Kun-Yang Lin—whose approach to choreography and performance is informed by his deep connection to both traditional Eastern arts and Western contemporary dance. Lin first studied dance in his native

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The Power of Personal Narrative in Vignettes

At Conwell Dance Theater, three students from Temple University’s graduate dance program showcased their MFA thesis in a performance titled “Vignettes.” Curtis ‘CJ’ Whitmire, Nycole Nurse, and Shiyu Wang each presented their distinct works, highlighting their personal histories and unique perspectives through movement. The performance was well-crafted, dynamic, and showcased

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Curated by Lewis J. Whittington

Island Possessed
Katherine Dunham
Before Katherine Dunham broke through racial barriers as a black dancer-choreographer on Broadway and in Hollywood, she was a dance anthropologist on a mission to recover the forbidden mystical and sacred dances of Haiti. She navigates new racial challenges of caste and colorism in the post-colonial corruptible regimes in the 1930s. She recounts it all in her riveting 1994 memoir Island Possessed, where she reveals the mystical dance rituals of  liberation among the Haitian people. 

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