From May 4-7 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia, Koresh Dance Company will reprise the repertoire favorite Sense of Human, choreographed by Artistic Director, Ronen Koresh with musical collaboration by Nick Kendall (Time for Three), Greg Smith, and Karl Mullen. Sense of Human is a search for human emotion in the purest, rawest, most guttural state. The work delves into themes of perception, focusing on how we as people choose to wear carefully chosen facades that disguise, redirect, and hide the basic yearnings by which we exist. Sense of Human focuses on our obsessiveness to portray a desired self-image and how when we finally remove those masks, our true identity is revealed. In the piece, Koresh uses “command of characterization and solid storytelling” to connect the dancers with audiences.
In the past Koresh has focused on premiering new work during the spring home season. Deciding to re-stage Sense of Human came from a desire to delve into the complexities of real human emotion. Koresh believes that in a world where we are all so connected to digital mediums, it is difficult to truly understand a person’s actual feelings or thoughts. Through this work Koresh hopes to showcase the realness and vulnerability of the human spirit when we are not hiding behind a computer screen. The result is experiencing the connectivity of our humanness in real time.
Ronen (Roni) Koresh was born and raised in Israel. He received early dance training from his mother, a folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition, and from teachers Alida Gera, Micha Deri, Nira Paz, and Moshe Romano. Koresh joined Martha Graham’s Batsheva 2 Dance Company before enlisting for three years in the Israeli army. In 1983, he moved to New York to study with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He began performing with Shimon Braun’s Waves Jazz Dance Company in Philadelphia, and in 1991, founded Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia, followed by the Koresh School of Dance in 1993. Koresh has established a repertoire of over 60 works and develops two to three new works each year. These have included commissions for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Giordano Dane Chicago, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Spectrum Dance Theater, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, and Dance Celebration. Koresh has been on the faculty at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts since 1986, teaches master classes across the country, and participates in festivals including Jacob’s Pillow and the Northwest National Dance Project. As a recipient of a Philadelphia dance community Rocky Award from FringeArts and Dance/USA Philadelphia, Koresh is an avid collaborator and supporter of emerging artists. His interdisciplinary works have been supported by multi-year fellowships and grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The Koresh Dance Company was founded in Philadelphia in 1991, and is widely recognized for its superb technique and emotionally-compelling appeal. It presents bi-annual home seasons as the resident dance company of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, and has toured in over 38 states and seven countries. The Company’s interdisciplinary foundation promotes high-speed attack and gestural diversity drawn from Graham technique, Luigi jazz, classical ballet, hip hop, and Israeli folk dance. Guest choreographers including Donald Byrd (Spectrum Dance Theater), Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), Robert Battle (Battleworks/Alvin Ailey), Itzik Galili (Galili Dance) and Paul Selwyn Norton have produced works for the company. The company currently consists of dancers Shannon Bramham, Fang-Ju Chou Gant, Joseph Cotler, Vanessa Guinto, Micah Geyer, Krista Montrone, Kevan Sullivan, Robert Tyler, Casey McIntyre, Andrea Romesser and Melissa Rector, who also serves as the Company’s Assistant Artistic Director. The company is supported in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Dance/USA Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the William Penn Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Sense of Human, Philadelphia Home Season
Thursday May 4, 7:30pm
Friday May 5, 8pm
Saturday May 6, 8pm
Sunday May 7, 6-10pm – Koresh Kouture: a High-fashion Performance & Gala
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Tickets: $30-40 | $20 Students – Online at: http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/ or call 215.985.0420
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