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Lew Whittington

  • Kulu Mele Dance and Drum Ensemble is celebrating their 50th season with the premiere of Ogun & the People at the Annenberg Center on November 30th.  The production was conceived and choreographed by Kulu Mele’s artistic director, Dorothy Wilkie and is a multi-media, Afro-Cuban story ballet with a cast of thirty.  It is also the company’s premiere on the Annenberg Center stage. To celebrate this milestone, Kulu Mele has released a commemorative book, Ogun and [...]

Jane Fries

  • Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser
    by Jane Fries for The Dance Journal Dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser gave an ethereal performance last Wednesday, November 6th, of their new collaborative, total-theater piece, The Day, at the Williams Center for the Arts. The elegant Whelan retired several years ago from the New York City Ballet after a decades-spanning career as a principal dancer, and earlier this year she was named Associate Artistic Director of the company. Beiser is a passionate [...]

Winfield Maben

  • By Winfield Maben for The Dance Journal On Friday, November 9th Silvana Cardell presented Supper, People on the Move at Drexel’s URBN Center. The work, which originally premiered at the Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia, is inspired by Cardell’s own immigration process as well as by the stories she’s collected throughout the construction of the work. Inspired by the belief that migration is a unifying story and an experience that draws a myriad of people [...]

Debra Danese

  • PA Ballet
    by Debra Danese for The Dance Journal PA Ballet’s World Premieres had an interesting creative process before culminating onstage. According to the company, three choreographers- Yin Yue, Juliano Nunes, and Garrett Smith- were invited to create pieces on, and specifically for, the PA Ballet dancers. The choreographers were tasked with getting to know the dancers and showcasing their unique abilities in a shared artistic process. The tailored pieces could only be seen this season during [...]

Kat Richter

  • by Kat Richter for The Dance Journal Twenty-nine year old Chanel Holland is a woman on a mission. As the Founder and Artistic Director of Chocolate Ballerina Company, she is working to provide dancers of color with professional performance opportunities and to bring ballet culture—along with quality arts education programming— to urban youth. The Temple University graduate is no stranger to the professional dance world. She was accepted into the Alvin Ailey School at age [...]

Olivia Wood

  • By Olivia Wood for The Dance Journal This past Sunday, October 20, 2019, Annielliele Gavino presented Patawali, an immersive evening performance, at the Asian Arts Initiative. The evening began in the downstairs gallery, where the guests could mingle and stroll amongst the art. After being led upstairs, Gavino invited the audience to partake in a traditional Filipino meal. With the tantalizing scent of fish, rice, spices, and flan wafting through the air, the feeling of [...]

Gina Palumbo

  • by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal | photo credit Ryan Collerd On September 21st, Darcy Lyons, director of Lyons & Tigers, brought Proceed with Caution to The Performance Garage for a second time at the Fringe Festival. With a clear vision and strong grip on the times, Lyons painted an honest picture of the current chaotic state of the country. Four dancers, each unique in voice and identity, equipped her with the tools necessary to describe [...]

Courtney Colón

  • by Courtney Colón for the Dance Journal Muted noises come from above-unseen footfalls shuffling across metal. Slowly, two figures enter my vision. Buried in layer upon layer of strips of fabric colored a violent red, they slink down a winding staircase, slightly obscured by a sheet of white-shimmered and flayed material that hangs between performers and the audience. At the bottom of the stairs, a sloughing off of the heavy red material; a shedding of [...]

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