Koresh Dance Company

by Lewis Whittington
EDGE Contributor
Sexy, inventive and beautifully paced in two full acts, Theater of Public Secrets, premiering at The Roberts Theater, is a bona fide Koresh Dance classic already.

Shown in excerpts last March in Philadelphia, choreographer Roni Koresh has been developing it all year and the piece became his hottest ticket while the company toured Japan, Turkey and Israel. For those not in the mood for holiday fluff, this is dance drama you can sink your teeth into.

Koresh’s global fusion and free dance is so cohesive in this work, tapping a deep well of choreographic variation and danced full-throttle by eleven dancers. Koresh’s signature hyperextensions are still there, as well as some signature partner hurling, but Koresh’s flashy athleticism is used sparingly in “Secrets.” Koresh has slowed down his standard breakneck pace to reveal a sleek, more reflective dance milieu.  Read more…

About Lewis J. Whittington

Lewis Whittington is an arts journalist based in Philadelphia. He started writing professionally in the early 90s as a media consultant for an AIDS organizations and then as a theater and dance reviewer for the Philadelphia Gay News. Mr. Whittington has covered dance, theater, opera and classical music for the Philadelphia Inquirer and City Paper.

Mr. Whittington’s arts profiles, features, and stories have appeared in The Advocate, Dance International, Playbill, American Theatre, American Record Guide, The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, EdgeMedia, and Philadelphia Dance Journal. Mr. Whittington has received two NEA awards for journalistic excellence.

In addition to interviews with choreographers, dancers, and artistic directors from every discipline, he has interviewed such music luminaries from Ned Rorem to Eartha Kitt. He has written extensively on gay culture and politics and is most proud of his interviews with such gay rights pioneers as Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings.

Mr. Whittington has participated on the poetry series Voice in Philadelphia and has written two (unpublished) books of poetry. He is currently finishing Beloved Infidels, a play about the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. His editorials on GLBTQ activism, marriage equality, gay culture and social issues have appeared in Philadelphia Inquirer, City Paper, and The Advocate.

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