PHILADANCO presents Moving… Beyond Forward, April 21-23

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents The Philadelphia Dance Company, affectionately known as PHILADANCO!, in their newest concert Moving… Beyond Forward, in the Perelman Theater, Friday, April 21, 2023, through Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Moving – Beyond Forward will feature electrifying performances from a selection of PHILADANCO’s longtime choreographers, including Milton Myers, who will revisit his classic work “Rite of Passage” and “The Element in Which it Takes Place,” looking through a new lens of his creative process, embracing and acknowledging this community of dancers.

Ray Mercer, who has shared a 13-year relationship with PHILADANCO!, will introduce a newly constructed ballet, a premiere celebrating dance that features the amazing PHILADANCO! women…. a dance for the sake of dance. Tommie-Waheed Evans, founder of Waheed-Works, will also debut a world premiere exploring race and sexuality featuring the full dance company. Rennie Harris will revisit his work ‘Fear’ (cast of company women) through his creative process of rhythm manipulation and storytelling of each dancer’s individual pulse. This not-to-be-missed weekend highlights the company’s long legacy of producing high- energy, technically proficient dancers with speed, stamina, and grace like no others.

“PHILADANCO! always delivers dynamic performances, reminding us why they are known throughout Philadelphia and across the globe for their inspiring performances,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “Moving… Beyond Forward brings the creativity and innovation of three legendary choreographers to the stage, illustrating how PHILADANCO! is using the power of its past to shape the future.”

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 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.

“Over our 53-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 resident choreographers back home to Philadelphia to share their current artistic talent and vision,” said Joan Myers Brown, Founder/ Artistic Advisor of PHILADANCO!.

“Working in conjunction with these legendary innovative choreographers and the company to create new dances and revisit classics has been reminiscent and amazing. Varied in style, technique and bravado, each choreographer brings a heightened level of energy, exuberance and artistry out of the dancers,” said Kim Bears Bailey, Artistic Director of PHILADANCO!

PHILADANCO! Moving… Beyond Forward
Perelman Theater on the Kimmel Cultural Campus
Friday, April 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at

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