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A black and white portrait headshot of Ochoa, a brick wall serves as the backdrop.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and guiding the next generation of dancers

Choreographing mentorship

Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa talks with Camille Bacon-Smith about returning to the stage as a mentor for this year’s BalletX choreographic fellow Tsai Hsi Hung.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Profiles 3 minute read
A dance ensemble of nine women in short black costumes pose together, facing front with one arm outstretched.

Project Moshen presents Woman

Girl power in dance

Project Moshen, Philadelphia’s all-female jazz dance company, presents Woman, a reimagining of its 2018 work examining a range of gender issues and some good old girl power nostalgia. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
A circle of 6 dancers in blue on the floor and one standing, reaching to another whose silky orange costume falls in a circle

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers presents its 2022 Spring Home Series

The losses of winter meet the hope of spring

KYL/D returns to live, in-person performance while also debuting at its new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, with three works by its founder. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
A trapeze artist walks along a pole held up by 6 other dancers in a room with a dim, violet-purple tinted light

The Weekly Roundup, April 6-13

Reimagining the world with La Brega, The Song Catcher, and Brave Space Philly

This week’s roundup features events from artists Johnny Irizarry and Christina Castro-Tauser, and performances from Lyric Fest and the Chicago-based circus company Aloft. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
Four dancers sit in chairs, dimly lit, gesturing towards the audience. Two more stand behind them, one points to the audience

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca present Ni Bien Ni Mal, Todo Lo Contrario

There is no place to hide

Camille Bacon-Smith previews Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca’s Ni Bien Ni Mal, Todo Lo Contrario, marking a return to the stage for the company.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 2 minute read
Two dancers sit back-to-back on the studio floor. The front dancer, and Asian woman, raises one arm straight up.

Crossing Paths Movement Collective presents its Philly premiere

Diverse paths in dance converge

Crossing Paths Movement Collective makes its Philadelphia premiere with works created by movement artists and choreographers Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, Sarah Carlson, Nick M. Daniels, and Malcolm Shute. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 5 minute read

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A scene from Lift. 6 people dance in unison in front of a wood pulpit with a cross. A gospel choir stands on risers at right

Penn Live Arts presents Rennie Harris’s Lifted

A prodigal son in dance

The latest full-length narrative dance from Rennie Harris is a sharp, athletic, emotional retelling of the biblical prodigal son. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Five ballet dancers in white tutus, cream colored tights and varying designed/colored leotards practicing in a rehearsal room

The Philadelphia Ballet presents Bold, Brilliant, Balanchine

Big, bold, and complete with fireworks

The Philadelphia Ballet performs a trio of neoclassical ballet works, helmed by artistic director Angel Corella. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 2 minute read
An oil painting—a Black man lies on grass, wearing a blue spaghetti strap dress, head leaning on a large pile of grapes

The Weekly Roundup, March 9-16

Celebrating Lloyd Price, the Print Center’s 96th International Competition, and Quiet Boy

The Print Center closes its international solo exhibit, Personality from People’s Light honors an unsung leader in music, and Elizabeth Bergeland illustrates the male body in a different light. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
A black & white portrait of Corella. He faces the camera straight-faced with a black top and a black and dark gray background

Philadelphia Ballet presents Swan Lake

Angel Corella spreads his choreographic wings

Artistic director of Philadelphia Ballet Angel Corella talks the upcoming performance of Swan Lake and the influences behind this fresh take for modern audiences. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 3 minute read