After presenting 24 companies in its second annual Come Together Dance Festival in July, Koresh Dance Company (KDC) returns to its rich repertoire for its Fall Home Season at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The company will restage Ronen Koresh’s earthy 2009 work, ev-o-lu-tion, in three performances November 13-15.
ev-o-lu-tion was originally performed with lighting design by Robb Anderson, costumes by Brittany Ann Cormack, and an earlier iteration of KDC’s company. This year, three dancers who are new to the company since ev-o-lu-tion’s world premiere are learning the piece for the first time. Krista Montrone, Robert Tyler, and Kevan Sullivan joined KDC in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively, and have been working with the company’s seven other dancers to perfect Koresh’s demanding steps between teaching and touring engagements.
Artistic Director, Ronen (Roni) Koresh describes ev-o-lu-tion as an exploration of expressive drives. “Language and art have remained essential to human nature throughout the ages,” he writes in an artist’s statement. “The need for human expression is as universal as the need for replenishing ourselves through procreation. Expression is fundamental to the reasons for our existence, and to understand that expression in its purest form is to understand ourselves.” Gritty and rhythmic, the evening-length piece explores dance as the visceral impulse that endures under the skin of refined language, and asks how far verbal communication can get from its messy roots. “Language allows us to be liars,” according to Koresh. Broken into the syllables of its dictionary definition, ev-o-lu-tion aims to dig beneath those lies to get at the “primordial glue that sticks people together.”
The 2014 performance of ev-o-lu-tion will include a number of special events for audiences, including a 6pm Opening Night Reception with hors d’œuvres and the signature Koresh cocktail, a post-show Artists’ Talk-back over Drinks on Friday evening, and a 7pm Closing Night Happy Hour. Each performance will open with a piece danced by the Koresh Youth Ensemble, dancers ages 13 to 18, who embody the hard-hitting Koresh style of contemporary dance.
The day after they close ev-o-lu-tion, Koresh dancers will be back on the road, touring a repertory selection in Castleton, Vermont. They return in March 2015 to premiere Aftershock, a new work reflecting on his experience of immigration from Israel to the United States in the 1980s. As the company nears its 25th year, these themes of change, growth, and memory permeate Koresh’s work, emphasizing the company’s own ongoing ev-o-lu-tion.
Koresh Dance Company
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street (Broad & Lombard), Philadelphia
Thursday, November 13, 7:30pm – Special Event: 6pm Opening Night Reception
Friday, November 14, 8pm – Special Event: Post-show Artists’ Talk-back over Drinks
Saturday, November 15, 8pm – Special Event: 7pm Closing Night Happy Hour
Tickets: $35; Seniors $30; Students $25
Box Office: 215.985.0420 Online: http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/tickets/buy-tickets/
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