Tommie Waheed Evans at the Crossroads

Waheed Works, a dance project that goes beyond expectations is coming to the theater once more, bringing an electrifying and dynamic program embracing an all star cast.  /Crossroads/ will be exploding at the Plays and Players Theatre located at 1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA for one night only, September 25 at 7:30pm.

This program reveals the masterpiece of choreographic wonder Tommie Waheed Evans.  With a compilation of eight dynamic dancers from companies PHILADANCO! and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Evans incorporates contemporary movement, with a quality that is not simply balletic, but also jazz.

Tommie Waheed Evans, aspiring international choreographer, first began his creative excursion in an annual PHILADANCO! showcase called Danco on Danco.  Now, as an esteemed instrument for artistic creativity, Evans is the current resident choreographer of Eleone Dance Theater.  In 2006, Evans was successful in showing his first full program, containing only his choreography, entitled “Meetings Along the Edge”.  Two years later in 2008, Evans creativity struck again as he flourished in his second full program, entitled “Redemption 1:12”.  Evans debuted his third stream of choreographic compilations with his first all men program entitled “11:11…Stained and Untold” in 2010.

Evans was honored to premier /Crossroads/ July 23RD at New York City’s Summer Stage.  /Crossroads/ is designed to take the audience on a journey.  Evans describes this work as a story of “natural impulses” in where one needs to decide which way to go, how to handle death, difficulties in relationships, abrupt change, standing with others, and then standing alone.  Through this journey distinct crucial points arise in which the audience is bund to feel a need to surrender and then at another point an urgency to fight.  In the end, the lasting question will be, what will be your path?  Dancer, Lamar Baylor, current dancer of PHILADANCO!, described Evan’s choreography as “uncommon”.  Lamar’s experience has been a pleasure because “Tommie’s work is musical, but not in the music and feels good on my body.  Tommie’s work is not the impossible.  He knows how to find what your body can do and expose it in the best light.”

His artistry is transparent, his movement is dynamic, and this story is inspiring.  Although Evans does not plan on building his own company, we can look forward to seeing his wonder performed around the world. /Crossroads/ is certain to awe Philadelphia.

September 25, 2011 at 7:30pm
Plays and Players Theatre located at 1714 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: http://www.brownpaperticke

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