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Choreography aims for gut, not head

By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer Artistic director/choreographer Roni Koresh sometimes cherry-picks the best-received sections from his earlier dances, gathers them into a sequence, then gives the whole a title and a vague raison d’etre, […]

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At PIFA, a sparkling dance premiere

By Merilyn Jackson, FOR THE INQUIRER The backbone of the month-long Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts has been more local than international, with collaborations among many Philadelphia arts groups. Some were unlikely matches and […]

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Rennie Harris’ hip- hop ‘Heaven’

photo by BRIAN MENGINI Michelle “Crykit” Kolnik (left) and Emiko Sugiyama in Rennie Harris Puremovement’s “Heaven.” The narrative is entwined with the story of “The Rite of Spring,” in which a young virgin is sacrificed. […]

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Homegrown dance, times two

Framed with texts from Kierkegaard and Beckett, Curt Haworth’s acrobatic “Either/Or” featured William Robinson (left) and John Luna. By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer Vince Johnson’s athletic “Drunken Monkey,” about a troupe of warrior monks,… […]

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Spiritual movement

Photo by Bill Hebert “Mandala” is a masterwork of art and stagecraft. By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer Dancers use their bodies as instruments, and they need constant training and upkeep, research and inquiry. Over […]