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PHILADANCO! The Continuum, Oct 28-30

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents The Philadelphia Dance Company, affectionately known as PHILADANCO!, in their newest show, The Continuum – Now/New/Next, in the Campus’ Perelman Theater on Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, 2022.

The performance will feature choreography from PHILADANCO! alumni who attribute their current success to the pivotal time they spent dancing with PHILADANCO!, which laid the foundation for their thriving careers. This fall, four of these famed choreographers return to Philadelphia to set new works on the company. Among these famed choreographers is Hope Boykin, Founder and Artistic Director of HopeBoykinDance (6 years with PHILADANCO!), PHILADANCO!’s second company D2 Choreographer and Founder and Artistic Director of Contemporary West Dance Theatre Bernard Gaddis (10 years), Founding Co-Artistic Director of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre Francisco Gella (6 years), and Ephrat Asherie (2 years), Founder and Artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance. These choreographers have travelled the world touring and creating works for notable dance companies, but have chosen to come home to celebrate the company that was instrumental in building their artistic careers.

PHILADANCO!, founded by the legendary Joan Myers Brown, is famous for its artistic integrity, highly trained dancers, and electrifying performances. Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO!’s legacy is a blazing trail of bridging cultures and tearing down barriers through mesmerizing movement. With its original mission of providing Black dancers with performance opportunities, the company’s eye for inclusion has infused every performance with invigorating energy for a collection of diverse audiences. Using both its platform and hope for a better future, PHILADANCO! also commits itself to empowering youth with developmental and leadership skills that facilitate achievement and success in the world of dance and beyond.

“PHILADANCO! always inspires, producing new material brimming with ingenuity that showcases a history of excellence at home in Philadelphia, and across the globe,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “We are delighted to welcome the company’s new Artistic Director Kim Bears-Bailey, who, under the longtime tutelage of Founder Joan Myers Brown, is leading the company into an exciting new chapter.”

“Over our 51-year history, I have had the honor of training and teaching hundreds of dancers, teaching them not just technique but tenacity to succeed in the dance world. I am ecstatic to bring 4 of our preeminent alumni back home to Philadelphia to share their artistic talent and vision” said Joan Myers Brown, Founder of PHILADANCO!.

“Working in conjunction with this next generation of innovative choreographers and the company to create these new dances has been an amazing unfolding. Varied in style, technique, and bravado, each choreographer brings a different energy and exuberance out of the dancers,” said Kim Bears Bailey, Artistic Director of PHILADANCO!.

The Continuum features a dynamic new work entitled “Seasons” by choreographer Francisco Gella. The six sections of the work are represented by the following concepts: Anticipation, Jubilation, Exhalation, Preparation, Revelation, and Improvisation, set to a semi-classical soundtrack. The themes were derived from a series of interviews based individual perceptions on spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Although the common ecological view of the seasons was a thread connecting the conversations, the interviews revealed contrasting ideas about the four seasons based on the individuals’ experience, reflections, and wisdom. “Seasons” is a visual and musical interpretation of the human experience based on these in- depth interviews, joined together in a collection of captivating short neo-classical dances.

The Continuum also features Bernard Gaddis’ “Stolen Moments”, which explores how stolen moments are the times that reinforce the purpose of being together. Dancers cut out the noise of the outside world and exist together. The ballet looks at relationships between couples both tender and forbidden.

Ephrat Asherie’s new work “out-side-in” reflects on the myriad of emotions that swept across the globe over the past two years. This work, rooted in the idioms of breaking and house dance
and set to music by Donovan Dorrance and Falty DL, moves through the way we process emotion as much through rigorous physicality as through subtlety, as much through determined focus as pure abandon. “out-side-in” invites us to think about how we connect, how we can thrive together, and how moments of introspection and self-reflection can help us move forward, collaborate and create more fully.

PHILADANCO! THE CONTINUUM – NEW/NOW/NEXT
Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Perelman Theater
Friday, October 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. 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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