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Lew Whittington

  • by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal Joan Myers Brown celebrated her 88th birthday on Christmas Day in 2019 in fabulous fashion by sunbathing at the beach. This was a rare day of relaxation for Brown, whose schedule is always demanding as Executive and Artistic Director of her dance company, Philadanco. Her pace is about to pick up even more in 2020 as she marks a dual milestone year that celebrates Philadanco’s 50th anniversary [...]

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

  • 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]