PHILADANCO! – Fast Foward…To The Future!, Dec 10-12

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents acclaimed Resident dance company, PHILADANCO!, for Fast Forward… to the Future! inside the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Perelman Theater on Friday, December 10, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

PHILADANCO!’s Fast Forward…to the Future features world premiere works from Vietnam’s Thang Dao; Broadway’s Ray Mercer; and emerging choreographer Kathy Smith.

Deeply committed to the health and safety of guests, artists, and staff and proudly certified by GBAC, the gold standard for infection prevention programs, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is requiring masks to be worn at all times, as well as proof of vaccination for those over 12. Guests under 12 will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event.

“Led by visionary founder Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO! represents the best of artistic discipline and prowess, both in Philadelphia and throughout the world,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We are delighted to welcome PHILADANCO! back to the Kimmel Cultural Campus stage for the first time in nearly two years for a triumphant return featuring exciting world premieres.”

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!is a nonprofit organization with the highest quality of professional dance performance, bringing together emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in an environment that helps them all learn, while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities. Based in West Philadelphia and founded in 1970, it has been helping to train and empower dancers ever since.

“PHILADANCO!’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary season was sidelined, like so many other performances and events, but that extended intermission did not stop our devoted dancers’ forward motion,” said Joan Myers Brown, Founder of PHILADANCO!. “Returning to the Kimmel Cultural Campus, the company, alongside famed choreographers, presents a world premiere weekend, moving gracefully into the next decade and celebrating what the future may hold.”

Recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers, and electrifying performances, these new works presented in Fast Forward… to the Future highlight PHILADANCO!’legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides.

Often described as “a brilliant mix of miracle of skill, energy, and artistry,” “fascinating and thrilling,” and performers with “virtuoso physicality,” PHILADANCO! dancers are known to be some of the best in the world.

PHILADANCO! helped with the foundation of the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), a service organization that addresses the needs of the African American dance community in a supportive environment and produces an annual conference and festival.


Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street.

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Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater
December 10, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
December 11, 2021, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
December 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m.

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