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Lew Whittington

  • JUNK gets DOWN for SNOWBALL 2020
    by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal On a frigid Saturday night after Valentine’s Day, a couple of hundred people ventured out in costume for choreographer Brian Sanders JUNK’s company fundraiser SNOWBALL Down. The event was held in the converted industrial studio space off of 2nd & Spring Garden Streets, where JUNK has been rehearsing since December after relocating from their longtime venue at Shiloh Church in South Philadelphia. JUNK installed rails for aerial [...]
  • by Lewis J Whittington for  The Dance Journal Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes was on Merriam Theater stage January 18th to introduce Denise Saunders Thompson, CEO of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, along with “the one, the only, Joan Myers Brown”.  The crowd was already on its feet in anticipation as she took the stage.  The theater was sold out for the fourth night of concerts that featured a stellar line-up of African-American [...]

Winfield Maben

  • by Winfield Maben for The Dance Journal On Friday, January 31st Zornitsa Stoyanova showcased AndroMeda as a part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s second quarterly Friday Remix series. The work took place in the museum’s Great Stair Hall and was performed alongside several other pieces that took place throughout the museum at various points in the evening. The work featured four performers (Megan Bridge, Elba Hevia y Vaca, and Rhonda Moore) alongside Stoyanova herself [...]
  • by Winfield Maben for The Dance Journal On January 22nd and 23rd Philadelphia Dance Projects hosted JUNKSPACE, a site-adaptive work by New York based Tori Lawrence + Co. at Neighborhood House. Set amidst the droning ambient score, performed live by musicians Cole Bjelic and Seth Wenger, the work presents a postmodern landscape as a trio of dancers move in and out of synchronicity; exploring the space through movement, sound, and their interactions with various found [...]

Gina Palumbo

  • by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal On Saturday, February 15th, Temple University’s Department of Dance held its MFA Thesis Concert IV, Paper, Bones & Sand: Journeys & Conversations. The evening featured works from students Matthew Olwell, Dawn States and Ying Yu. Judging by the amount of research and collaboration involved, these works were passion projects for each student. As an audience, there is no way of knowing the entirety of the work, and how [...]
  • by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal On Saturday February 8th, Ephrat Asherie Dance brought its most recent work Odeon to the Annenberg Center with no intermission. An ensemble of lively personalities, squeaking sneakers and relaxed teal, black and gold clothes was cohesive with the lights, sounds and styles of the work. The audience vibed with the group naturally, at the assurance of the presenter who asked that we sit back. I wished then for [...]

Debra Danese

  • by Debra Danese for The Dance Journal | photo credit: Jack Hartin Twenty five years since its inception, Riverdance is still going strong. What started out as a 7 minute dance for the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest has grown into a world-wide phenomenon. The anniversary tour- currently at the Merriam Theater-  is packed with the signature pieces that have made this company so widely popular. I attended the Tuesday night opening performance [...]
  • by Debra Danese for The Dance Journal Drumline Live was a packed production of musical numbers, interspersed with snippets on the background of show-style marching bands. The Saturday, January 11th show opened with a brief introduction on the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) history and tradition of these bands. The live tour aims to bring this experience to a wider audience and The Merriam Theater was filled with patrons of various ages. The performance [...]

Jane Fries

  • by Jane Fries for The Dance Journal After more than six decades as one of America’s most preeminent modern dance troupes, the Paul Taylor Dance Company finds itself in a moment of radical transition. Its masterful leader, Paul Taylor, died in August 2018 at the age of 88. Shortly before his death, Taylor named a veteran company dancer, Michael Novak, to be his successor as artistic director. In addition to this seismic shift at the [...]

Kat Richter

    by Kat Richter for The Dance Journal Run (or skip or prance or shimmy, just don’t walk)- to get your tickets to PHILADANCO’s Xmas Philes at the Annenberg this weekend ( December 12-14). The evening-length premiere of choreographer Daniel Ezralow’s distinctly Philly-style holiday show brought audiences to their feet on Thursday night and concluded with a post-show champagne toast to the indefatigable Joan Myers Brown, who will turn 88 on Christmas Day. If the title [...]