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9th Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission to feature Myzrie House, by movement artists Mark Wong and Nicole Burgio, Oct 15 & 16

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The Temple University Department of Dance, Institute for Dance Scholarship, is delighted to present the ninth Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission, Myzrie House, by movement artists Mark Wong and Nicole Burgio. Two people are thrust into a [...]


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Steven Weisz

  • Cannonball Festival

    The Cannonball Festival is making a huge splash at this year’s Philly Fringe 2021

    by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal The Cannonball Festival officially started on September 9th but I still managed to catch up online with Ben Grinberg, co-founder of Almanac Dance Circus Theater, who partnered up with MAAS to create an independent hub of activity during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He was gracious with his time to answer my questions about Cannonball Festival. which runs through October 2nd, and what it would be offering audiences and [...]

Lew Whittington

  • Mariana Valencia FringeArts
    by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal | Photo by Maria Baranova New York-based choreographer Mariana Valencia brought her 2020 solo show AIR  to the Philly Fringe September 17-18 at the Drake Theater’s Proscenium Stage in Center City. For more than an hour, Valencia narrated her personal stories about growing up in Chicago’s Hispanic-American community in the 80s. Mariana Valencia started her dance career on a local Chicago TV show at age of three. [...]

Isa Mojares

Jane Fries

  • On Buried Ground

    Shayla-Vie Jenkins Leads Ceremonial Journey with On Buried Ground

    by Jane Fries for The Dance Journal The Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia’s Old City was the setting for Shayla-Vie Jenkins’ meditative, site-specific work, On Buried Ground. The performance took place Saturday evening, September 11, and was presented as part of this year’s FringeArts Festival. Subtitled Remember Them, the event beautifully combined performance and ritual. Jenkins, a performer who is eloquent in both word and gesture, served as poet, dancer, and spirit guide. The [...]

Gina Palumbo

  • Dara J. Meredith
    by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal On Saturday, September 18th, I had the pleasure of seeing The Bridge of Our Roots, choreographed by Dara J. Meredith, at the celebrated Suzanne Roberts Theater. Meredith, whose own roots trace from Atlanta to Philadelphia, is a faculty member at Temple University and a full-time educator in the Philadelphia Public School System. In this evening-length work, Meredith brought to life the familiar studio and street styles of Philadelphia [...]

Mads Klemm

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    by Mads Klemm for the Dance Journal Ani/Malayaworks presented Nanay at Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse as a part of the 2021 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The work was performed by a cast of Filipina/x dancers who shared stories of their Nanays (Tagalog for Mothers), immigration, colonization, and ideas of home. Ani Gavino directed Nanay with collaborators Isabella Mojares, Sevon Desemone Wright, E Fajardo-Canlas and Malaya Ulan. Upon entering the boathouse, the audience was met with a droning [...]

Helanius J. Wilkins

Olivia Wood

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    A Breath of Fresh Air: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers Presents inHale/exHale Performance Series

    by Olivia Wood for The Dance Journal Last night, August 25, 2021, I had the immense pleasure of attending KYL/D’s first live, in-person inHale/exHale showcase since the start of the pandemic. Over a year has passed since an audience gathered inside Chi Movement Arts Center, the company’s home on South 9th street, to watch dancers perform just an arm’s breadth away. Curator Evalina (Wally) Carbonell organized a superb lineup of international artists as well as [...]




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