Koresh Dance Company Celebrates 30 Years - TikVAH

Koresh Dance Company Celebrates 30 Incredible Years

Koresh Dance Company is celebrating 30 years! Artistic Director Ronen ‘Roni’ Koresh will present a celebratory program that combines the world premiere of TikVAH and highlights from the past, October 21-24 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. After a period of darkness for the performing arts industry, Koresh is thrilled to retake the stage and celebrate the Company’s longevity as a cornerstone in Philadelphia’s cultural community.

TikVAH, created in a time of pandemic, examines the themes of perseverance and innovation. TikVAH taken from “Petah Tikvah”, the city in Israel where Roni Koresh was born, means “opening for hope” in Hebrew. The work presents new ideas in deriving movement and inspiration for choreography as the company enters its 4th decade of creating new work.  The concept is simple – after 30 years can each dancer continue to grow and feed the company’s aesthetic, while honoring past influences?  The goal – to create a work that includes a diversity of movement, craft and inspiration.

With this in mind, Mr. Koresh invited esteemed dance artists Yin Yue, Artistic Director of YY Dance Company and Raphael Xavier, Philadelphia-based choreographer and alumnus of Rennie Harris Puremovement, to the artistic process through a series of workshops and discussions. This collaboration sparked the creation of TikVAH.

Koresh also brings back beloved works from the first 30 years. A reminder of the where the Koresh Dance Company started and its journey to develop the “Koresh Style”. Roni infuses the clarity of the past with the uncertainty of the future emerging from pandemic and shaping the next 30 years (and beyond!).  A constant alliance of the inherent need to foster the new Good Old Days!

The creation of TikVAH has been made possible by the generosity of the Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 7 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, Micah Geyer, Vanessa Guinto, Krista Montrone, Andrea Romesser, Kevan Sullivan, Robert Tyler, and Melissa Rector, who also serves as the Company’s Assistant Artistic Director. The company is supported in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the William Penn Foundation.

Roni Koresh

Ronen (Roni) Koresh, Artistic Director of Koresh Dance company 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 3 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 2 to 3 new works each year. These have included commissions for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Giordano Dane Chicago, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary, 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. 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. Koresh has recently set new and repertory works on the dancers of MADCO (commissioned for St. Louis’ New Dance Horizons series), Point Park University, Jacksonville University, East Carolina University, and Giordano Dance Chicago, as well as mentoring students at performing arts high schools across the country.

Koresh Dance Company

30th Anniversary Home Season Performance
Thursday, October 21, 7:30pm*
Friday, October 22, 8pm*
Saturday, October 23, 8pm
Sunday, October 24, 6pm
*post-show conversation with the artists.

TICKETS: General Admission $45 | Student/Senior $35
Box Office: 215-985-0420

All ticket holders must present proof of full vaccination status or negative PCR test within 72-hours to attend, with proper identification. All guests are required to be masked, covering nose and mouth, when inside the building. There will be no food and drink available for purchase to avoid the removal of ones mask.

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