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A sexy, saucy Carmen

By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer The Pennsylvania Ballet opens its season with the company premiere of Roland Petit’s tale of the Gypsy girl. There’s sex, jealousy, a wild bar scene – and murder. The […]

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At SCUBA, the backward-looking ‘Avatard’

By Ellen Dunkel for the Inquirer Avatar has been a smash, breaking new technological ground (as well as box office records). Avatard, on the other hand, is more retro, revisiting a time of clunky video […]

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Promising power

By Ellen Dunkel | For The Inquirer Pennsylvania Ballet brings back Matthew Neenan’s “Carmina Burana” and shows off new dancers, new energy. Pennsylvania Ballet premiered Matthew Neenan’s Carmina Burana at the Academy of Music in […]

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Black Grace brings slap dancing to the Kimmel

By Ellen Dunkel For The Inquirer A dancer’s body is his instrument. That’s especially true for the performers of New Zealand’s Black Grace, whose bodies double as percussion instruments. The seven short pieces on the […]

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Beautiful contrasts at Bryn Mawr

By Ellen Dunkel For The Inquirer Sometimes it’s not just what happens on stage that makes a performance, but the surrounding details as well. When Brooklyn’s Urban Bush Women, with Germaine Acogny and Kaolack (Pape […]

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BalletX presents pieces compelling and athletic

By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer On its own, Le Baiser Inevitable, the new ballet Jodie Gates choreographed for BalletX, is visually compelling, powerful, beautiful. But there’s no getting around the fact that it was […]

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New Koresh ballet explores primal love

By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer Do people ever really change? Observers from psychologists to advice columnists have weighed in on that question. Now, let’s hear from a choreographer. “In 3,000 years, nothing has changed,” […]