Launch through time and space with Samantha Burns’ keep/sake: a choreographic memoir, May 5th

Join Samantha Burns and her eleven company members present “keep/sake: a choreographic memoir”, a collection of short works that demonstrate the eternal nature of human universality within the fleeting moments of modern dance. Charged with dynamism, “keep/sake” will connect the informative past with the ambiguous future, inviting the audience to revel in the present. This one night only showcase will take place at the Performance Garage on May 5th at 8pm. The house opens at 7:30pm, and tickets can be bought for $12 online or $15 at the door (special discounted rates for students and PhiladephiaDance members). Tickets are on sale now at

The show includes four world premiere choreographic works, along with two reconstructions of Burns’s most popular pieces. All six pieces have a underlying through line that explores the dimensional concepts of time and space that have become the foundation elements of human endeavors.

“Unctuous”, a duet created in 2016, incorporates slick, undulating movement, punctuated with percussive flicks and isolations. The two dancers writhe and melt into one another, creating a satisfyingly visceral relationship in which the audience can indulge.

“Sheer” is a solo inspired by the development of societal views on female sexuality. Beginning floorbound and restricted, the performer executes repetitive gestures that eventually allow her to liberate herself from the oppressive mindset of societal constructs. Through limited mobility and a tight movement vocabulary, the piece develops into luscious, sustained moments of freedom-induced discovery.

“Contrapasso” is a piece Burns created in the fall of 2016 for nine dancers. Abstracted from the narrative of Dante’s “Inferno”, the piece takes the audience on a journey through movement, complete with explosive phrasing, sweeping floorwork, and powerful intention. From tactile and evocative, to aggressive and hard-hitting, “Contrapasso” is designed to captivate viewers from start to finish.

Another duet, “minutiae”, debuts with sinewy and whirling motion encapsulated within two seemingly identical bodies. Strong, sensual, and athletic,  this piece explores the individuality within relationships over the course of time, and its effect on the participating parties.

“Nebula” is a trio inspired by the life cycle of a star. The movement oscillates between airy and volatile, as the dancers embody the reactive nature of chemical reactions that eventually create and destroy celestial bodies.

“Coalescence” is a quintet full of upbeat pedestrian movement. Set to a well known Twenty One Pilots song, the piece explores self isolation within a crowd. With an emphasis on rhythmic jumps, shaky undulations, and introspective improvisation, this new work is a balanced blend of classic modern dance technique and fun, quirky movement.

Featuring performances by: Kaitlyn Albanese, Kelly Angelucci, Maria Davis, Gina Emering, Alyssa Fay, Adrienne Krause, Madison McCadden, Lindsey Mitchell, Emmy Spaar, Kathleen Wing, Jaclyn Yerkes

About the Choreographer:
Samantha Burns is a soon-to-be graduate from DeSales University, where she will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and a minor in psychology. She has trained extensively with Trinette Singleton, Tara Madsen Robbins, Julia Mayo, Timothy Cowart, Sarah Carlson, Lynn Wiener, Karen Furhman, and Angela Sigley Grossman. Most recently, she has performed work by MADBOOTS Dance Company’s cofounders, Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz. Samantha has also performed in Jessica Warchal-King’s site specific work for the RiversMerge Dance Concert, as well as the New Street Group’s 2015 showcase, Structurally Sound. Her choreographic work has been shown in three of the Lehigh Valley’s installments of Ten Tiny Dances, both in 2015 and 2016. She was selected to choreograph for DeSales University’s most recent Emerging Choreographers Concert, as well as for three of the school’s Informal Dance Concerts. Two of her dance films were selected to be screened and adjudicated at regional American College Dance Association conferences. In June, Samantha will be working as a director’s assistant during the contemporary summer intensive at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


keep/sake: a choreographic memoir
Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 8pm
The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tickets:  General admission – $12 online, $15 at door
Student/ PhiladelphiaDance member – $10 online, $13 at door
Available for purchase now at

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