Alchemy Dance Company Reinvents and Represents with One Night Only

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Photo by Bill Hebert

Alchemy Dance Company will bring old and new works to the stage, while also hosting the work of other local dance companies. On Friday, June 21, 2013 at 7:30pm, Alchemy will present “One Night Only”, a performance featuring work by Alchemy Dance Company, Danse4Nia, Roger Lee Dance Company, and Melissa Chisena at The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. Philadelphia.

Consisting of 6 dancers and 2 directors, Alchemy Dance Company maintains its ambitious approach to movement with their reinvention of “Follies”, representiong the whimsical, energetic side of this young company. It contains a sly duality that combines character and energy to playfully depict the serious needs and wants of today’s society. Artistic Director Amy Harding states “it’s about laughter in the face of adversity, character, and finding the true self in strange places.” Starting with a bit of silliness, adding in a touch of cartoon violence, sprinkling in some sensuality, and finishing with a dash of angst, this dance is an energetic brew of excitement and danger all in good fun.

Technical Director Jonathan Bowles’ music composition will be featured in “Follies”.  Bowles has previously scored the entirety of Alchemy’s “Rite of Passage” (2011) and Koresh Dance Company’s “Outline” (2012). Of their collaboration, Harding says, “It’s rarely easy, but few great things are. What we create together, though, has no comparison, nor does the feeling of the partnership we have built.”

In addition to Alchemy’s performance, “One Night Only” will feature the works by three other local choreographers and companies. Danse4Nia, Roger Lee Dance, and Melissa Chisena combine dynamic contemporary movement with strong energetic purpose for an electric evening of dance.

Alchemy Dance Company was founded in 2007 by Amy Harding with the goal of presenting high quality dance productions as experiences rather than just performances, thus making dance more accessible to a variety of audiences. Since its inception, Alchemy has performed locally and regionally creating original productions that have been featured in the Philly Fringe Festival, PIFA Festival, Norristown Dance Fest, Outlet Dance Project, Philly Dance Collective, Philly Dance Fest, and Garden State Dance Festival among others. In 2011, Alchemy embarked upon their first tour (made possible by a grant from the PA Council on the Arts) in Northeastern PA, presenting works “Rite of Passage” and “Sideshow Noir”.  Alchemy is continually evolving with a mission to present dance to new and existing audiences in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses. The company holds performances, workshops, and outreach classes with the goal of creating experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world.

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