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Dance lovers ask why the Pennsylvania Ballet is now the Philadelphia Ballet
Dance of the rebrand
As arts producers across town return to in-person performance, the former Pennsylvania Ballet announced a surprising rebrand. Camille Bacon-Smith asks whether it’s moving the company forward.
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents ‘Beauty’
A spring dance sampler
Pennsylvania Ballet offers elegance, emotion, and synchrony in world premieres by Russell Ducker, Meredith Rainey, and Juliano Nunes choreographed to the music of Jennifer Higdon. Melissa Strong reviews.
BalletX presents Alia Kache and R. Colby Damon at Glen Foerd
Raising spirits on the river
BalletX presents new works by company favorite R. Colby Damon and 2021 choreographic fellow Alia Kache in a live performance outdoors at the Glen Foerd Mansion. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Remembering Philly dance icon Manfred Fischbeck
Fifty years of Fridays
Manfred Fischbeck passed away on March 17, 2021, but his Philadelphia dance legacy lives on. Merilyn Jackson remembers.
The Pennsylvania Ballet presents ‘Resilience’
Springtime set to music
The Pennsylvania Ballet returns with ‘Resilience,’ a streaming program filmed at the Performance Garage and featuring choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Angel Corella, and Dwight Roden. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
The Annenberg Center presents Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
Community in solitude
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers explores loss, solitude, and hope in five reimagined excerpts from Lin’s longer works and a world premiere danced by the choreographer himself. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
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The Annenberg Center presents Rennie Harris Puremovement
An embodied history for our times
Rennie Harris Puremovement offers embodied history for our times in a livestreamed performance from the Annenberg. Melissa Strong reviews.
The Annenberg presents Hope Boykin’s ‘Redefine US, from the Inside OUT’
Dancing renewed identity
Dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin premieres ‘Redefine US, from the INside OUT,’ a personal and emotional journey that explores identity through suffering and renewal. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
BalletX Beyond presents Maddie Hanson, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Stephanie Martinez
BalletX concludes its spring season of world premieres as it began, dancing with the camera in three new short films by choreographers Maddie Hanson (‘Virtuality’), Gustavo Ramirez Sansano (‘Hernando's Hideaway’), and Stephanie Martinez (‘Her Blood a Wild River’). Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Brian Sanders’ JUNK present ‘A Modern-Day Carmen Fantasy’
Masking modern moves
‘A Modern-Day Carmen Fantasy’ reunites the Philadelphia Orchestra with Brian Sanders’ JUNK for an innovative concert with movement for home viewers. Melissa Strong reviews.