Koresh Dance Company will unite dance innovators, audience favorites, and emerging artists this summer when it presents 41 dance companies in its 4th annual Come Together Dance Festival at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia. The festival, which began in 2013, celebrates the diversity, creativity, and technical excellence of Philadelphia’s dance community. From August 16 through the 20th, 5 mixed programs will stage an eclectic range of styles, juxtaposing genres from hip hop, tap, and jazz to ballet, modern, contemporary dance, acrobatic physical theater, and traditional dance.
Koresh Dance Company aims to increase access to dance and awareness of the city’s rich movement cultures by assembling these styles in a single festival. In 2013, the Dance Journal called this effort “a rousing success” that “reflected a healthy, diverse Philly dance scene.” Philadelphia Weekly hailed the 2014 festival as “tak[ing] the art to a whole new level.” Representing many of the city’s most established companies alongside its younger talent, the festival has also been called a taste of “serious Philly flava” (The Dance Journal). In 2014, the festival attracted audiences from 12 states and from across the city of Philadelphia. It is anticipated that over 1,500 people will attend this year’s festival.
Over 100 dance companies were either invited or applied to participate in the 2017 Come Together Dance Festival. The final roster of 41 companies (8 more than in 2015) includes internationally acclaimed Philadelphia companies Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, PHILADANCO!, and Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers. The festival will also feature up-and-coming choreographers, as well as talented young dancers from the Koresh Pre/Professional Summer Intensive and Koresh Youth Ensemble.
The Come Together Dance Festival attracts support from foundations dedicated to artistic and cultural development. In 2014, the PNC Foundation supported the festival with a PNC Arts Alive grant awarded to only 21 organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region that year. The William Penn Foundation, which fosters rich cultural expression throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, also supports Come Together as part of its goal to promote collective engagement with thought-provoking, creative material. This year, the festival is supported by The Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation & Richard Glassman.
Koresh Dance Company’s Roni Koresh values collaboration, and launched the Come Together Dance Festival with his brother, Executive Director Alon Koresh, in order to provide a platform for networking and mutual support in the dance community. Hip hop artist, photographer, and filmmaker Raphael Xavier, who has performed in both previous festivals, calls Come Together “a great opportunity” for dancers to motivate each other and learn from one another’s craft. “I was inspired by other artists’ work,” Xavier says. “It made me realize I have to keep pushing towards a high standard of performance art and dance.”
Since emigrating from Israel to the United States, Roni and Alon Koresh have been active in the Philadelphia dance scene for more than 25 years. They both recall the moments of artistic solidarity that furnished their early opportunities in the city—foundations that led to the establishment of the Koresh Dance Company and the Koresh School of Dance in the early 1990s. The Koresh brothers believe that now it is their turn to contribute performance opportunities at no cost to the city’s young and innovative choreographers, and to bring its luminaries together to celebrate dance and promote art in Philadelphia.
Special festival events open to the public will include a complimentary opening night toast, 2 audience talk-backs with artistic directors, and happy hours one hour prior to each performance.
With: Abigayle Cryderman, AJ Garcia-Rameau, Alchemy Dance Company, Alessandra Mullin, Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. , ANI Gavino/Malayaworks, Blythe E. Smith, Dana Powers-Klooster, Dancefusion, Dancers from the Koresh Pre/Professional Summer Intensive, Dillon Shifferly, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, Gierre J Godley/PROJECT 44, Hot Crowd, Independent Artists, JCWK Dance Lab, Jim Bunting Dance Company, Lady Hoofers, Lee Lund Adult Company (Kevan Sullivan), Leilani Chirino & Michael Huang, M², Marissa Kaufmann, Footwerx, Megan Flynn Dance Company, Chisena Danza, Melissa Rector, moving image dance projekt, Nika Antuanette, Project Moshen, Rain Ross, Retro Flow, SHARP Dance Company, Tainan City Ballet, Tara Madsen Robbins & Ryan P. McMullen
Wednesday, August 16, 7:30pm
Special Event: 6:30 Happy Hour // 7:00pm, Opening Night Toast with Roni Koresh // Post-Show talk back
Performing: ANI Gavino / Malayaworks, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Dillon Shifferly, Gierre J Godley/PROJECT 44, Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Koresh Dance Company, M², Chisena Danza, moving image dance projekt
Thursday, August 17, 7:30pm
Special Events: 6:30pm, Happy Hour // Post-Show talk back
Performing: Ballet Inc., Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Hot Crowd, Independent Artists, Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company, Lee Lund Adult Company (Kevan Sullivan), Koresh Dance Company, Footwerx, Nika Antuanette, SHARP Dance Company
Friday, August 18, 8pm
Special Events: 7:00pm, Happy Hour
Performing: Alessandra Mullin, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, JCWK Dance Lab, Koresh Dance Company, KDC Pre/ Professional Summer Intensive Dancers, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, PHILADANCO!, Rennie Harris Puremovement
Saturday, August 19, 8pm
Special Events: 7:00pm, Happy Hour
Performing: AJ Garcia-Rameau, Asya Zlatina, Dana Powers-Klooster, Koresh Dance Company, PHILADANCO!, Project Moshen, Rain Ross, Retro Flow, Rennie Harris Puremovement
Sunday, August 20, 7pm
Special Events: 6:00pm, Closing Night Happy Hour
Performing: Abigayle Cryderman, Alchemy Dance Company, Blythe E. Smith, Dancefusion, Jim Bunting Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, Lady Hoofers, Leilani Chirino & Michael Huang, Marissa Kaufmann, Megan Flynn Dance Company, Melissa Rector, Tainan City Ballet, Tara Madsen Robbins & Ryan P. McMullen
Festival Location: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street (Broad & Lombard), Philadelphia
To Purchase Tickets: Call the Suzanne Roberts Theatre box office: 215.985.0420 or online at http://philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/tickets
Festival Ticket Prices: General: $35, Student: $23, Senior: $30
2 Night Passes: $60 General, $40 Student/Senior
3 Night Passes: $75 General, $51 Student/Senior
5 Night Festival Pass: $99 General, $75 Student/Senior