Brian Sanders JUNK turns 18 and 3/4

The 18¾ Anniversary Celebration establishes JUNK’s first annual celebration since the company’s founding in 1992. The program highlights 18 works by Artistic Director Brian Sanders celebrating the company’s creativity and growth over the last 18 years.  The show includes excerpts from Live Arts Festival favorites Sanctuary, Urban Scuba, Adshock, and Patio Plastico, as well as many of Sanders’ works made famous by the internationally renowned MOMIX.

On Saturday evening, January  22nd  , JUNK will host it’s first ever Anniversary Gala following the performance.  Audience members will be escorted JUNKstyle to Dorrance Hamilton Hall at University of the Arts. The evening will include cocktails, JUNKfood by 12th Street Catering, special performances by the company and guest artists, and a silent auction.  Brian Sanders himself will be performing a specially choreographed vignette for the occasion.

The Gala’s auction celebrates the work of visual artists Pedro Silva, JJ Tiziou, and Steve Belkowitz whose work has continually captured JUNK with stunning beauty. Each artist has contributed selected works for purchase.  All proceeds from the Gala benefit JUNK and its mission as a dance theater company to inspire with creativity.

Tickets for JUNK’s 18¾ Anniversary Celebration shows are $25 to $35. Tickets to the Anniversary Gala are $75 to $125. All tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.ticketphiladelphia.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office, open daily from 10am to 6pm. (Additional fees may apply.)

$10 student rush tickets will be available for these performances at The Arts Bank Box Office 10 minutes prior to curtain and will be limited to one ticket per person.

About Brian Sanders JUNK

Brian Sanders’ JUNK is known for their ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater.  Sanders’ choreography blends traditional dance theater with an inventiveness and physicality that gives reason for critics to hail JUNK as ‘Philly’s most imaginative perpetrator of dare-devilish physical theater’ and declare Sanders as ‘the city’s most exciting choreographer.’ Brian built his signature style by creating off-the-wall choreography with found objects and other discarded debris giving way to the troupe’s name, JUNK. The troupe’s shows are an exhilarating feast of exciting physicality and creativity, elegantly served up with beauty and wit. Dance Magazine sites Sander’s work as ‘accessible, technically flawless, and thrilling comic dance turns.’ “I like to find the dance inside these pieces of junk; something unique and unexpected that gives us [the audience] a new and inspiring look on life.”, says Sanders.

About Brian Sanders

As a brother of three, growing up in Princeton, NJ, Brian’s reckless fun was easily channeled once he found his love for gymnastics and classical dance. Inspired by the inventiveness of shows like Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Pilobolus on Broadway in the 1970’s, Brian resolved to become a choreographer in his own right.  At the time he was unaware that he would eventually sustain an extensive working relationship with one of the founding members of Pilobolus, Moses Pendleton of Momix. After graduating from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Brian was asked to join Momix, where for the next ten years Sanders’ choreographed and performed with the company worldwide.

Since Sanders’ success with Momix and JUNK, he has gone on to choreograph and perform nationally and internationally for dance, television, theatre, and video.  In Italy, Brian choreographed two nationally televised mini-series for Rai Uno and choreographed the national touring show, NOGRAVITY, which performed as part of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

Sanders currently serves on the Faculty at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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