Koresh Dance Company Celebrates 25 Years, March 10-12


Artistic Director Ronen (Roni) Koresh founded Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia in 1991 with his brothers Alon and Nir Koresh. For its 2016 spring season, the company celebrates 25 years of innovation and artistry with a world premiere at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, March 10-12. On Saturday, March 12, the performance will form part of the gala evening Koresh Kouture Silver: a 25th Anniversary Silent Auction and Gala, complete with food and drink, a reception, and fashion displays by Philadelphia designers. The week also includes a field trip for 350 students from the Koresh Kids Dance program in the Philadelphia public schools to attend an interactive performance at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

Roni Koresh’s evening-length world premiere emphasizes the collaborations that have long structured his repertory of over 60 works, as it introduces “23: Deconstructing Mozart,” a new collaboration with multimedia artist, author, and composer Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky—the first artist in residence at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—and co-produced by Stephen Levitin, a.k.a. Apple Juice Kid. An exploration of solitude and community set against the formal act of counting and numbering, the new work interrupts, disarticulates, and reconstructs Mozart’s classical Piano Concerto no. 23 with the beats, breaks, stops and starts of the present. Featuring the “technical knockouts” (Philadelphia Weekly) of Koresh Dance Company—from Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector, who has been with the company 25 years, to Vanessa Guinto and Casey McIntyre, who joined the ensemble in 2015—Koresh’s new work numbers the years and simultaneously looks to the future.

Thursday & Friday Special Events
Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30pm on opening night (Thursday, March 10) for a happy hour in the theatre lobby. On Friday, March 11, the performance will be followed by a talk-back conversation with the artists, where audience members will be invited to ask Roni Koresh and the company dancers about the process and experience of creating dance over 25 years in Philadelphia.

25th-Anniversary Gala
Koresh Kouture Silver will take place on Saturday, March 12, 6-10pm, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The evening presents Koresh Dance Company’s 25th-anniversary world premiere performance alongside a silent auction; gin, vodka, and whiskey tastings by sponsors WhistlePig Rye Whiskey and Philadelphia Distilling; and displays by the talented designers of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, Naveda Couture, and 611 Lifestyle, who will dress the Koresh dancers for the gala. Season sponsors Bongiovi Acoustics, La Colombe, and Lucky Goat Coffee House support this celebration, which honors Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector and board member David Cooper for their 25 years of contribution to Koresh Dance Company. Support comes also from the William Penn Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Festive silver attire is encouraged!

Thursday, March 10th, 7:30pm – A world premiere by Roni Koresh
Friday, March 11th, 8:00pm – A world premiere by Roni Koresh
Saturday, March 12th, 6:00pm- Koresh Kouture Silver: a High-Fashion Performance, Silent Auction & Gala to benefit Koresh Dance Company
Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S. Broad Street (Broad & Lombard Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19146
Tickets: http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/on-stage/inresidence/

Koresh Dance Company Turns 25 by Lew Whittington