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9 dancers in a circle around 1 male dancer arch their backs & throw their arms up ecstatically in skin-matching costumes

The Philadelphia Ballet presents The Spark

A new start at the Garage

Following a surprising rebrand, the Philadelphia Ballet’s season opener at the Performance Garage is everything fans expect from the company. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Dancer Kate Lombardi, a white woman, holds out her arms onstage. She wears a long, flowing red dress with long tight sleeves.

Philly Fringe 2021: Dancefusion and Movement Migration present Dance Voices

The founding mothers of modern dance

Philly’s Dancefusion teamed with the visiting troupe Movement Migration to present Dance Voices, a double bill of five pieces by the two companies, an interesting mix of modern styles for the Philly Fringe. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 3 minute read
Four dancers move on a blue-lit stage wearing loose white garments with yellow and orange color from the knees to the ankles

Philly Fringe 2021: Kyle Marshall Choreography presents Stellar/Rise

A rising star of dance

Kyle Marshall Choreography draws inspiration from the church, the club, and Afrofuturism in a Fringe Festival event combining a dance film with a live performance. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 3 minute read
Mae West poses on a platform, their legs pointed in the air with glittery heels, a stripper pole behind them.

Philly Fringe 2021: $7 Girl, Motel Montana, and Dr. Livingston Presents RUB HARDER

Let's dance about sex

Josh Herren reviews three movement-based works that explore sexual connection in this year's Fringe Festival.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 4 minute read
Three dancers in a rehearsal space. Solomons has a walker. Lin has his hands behind his back. Chakravorty steps with arms out

Stepping through time and space with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers' Where is my B-O-D-Y

Reclaiming creativity through dance

KYL/D's performance of Where is my B-O-D-Y explores how to move through spaces in new ways in the face of adversity and changing bodies. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 3 minute read
A living acrobatic sculpture of three men, two on the floor and one aloft with his feet and knees anchored on the others

Philly Fringe 2021: The Cannonball Festival presents Galumpha

The art of human architecture

A performance from Galumpha combined acrobatics, choreography, and physical theater for a special one-day stint at the Cannonball Festival. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 3 minute read
In black and white, three women, one girl, and a man, presumably Asian American, look down at the camera wearing sunglasses.

The Weekly Roundup, September 15-21

The return of the Women’s Film Festival, ‘Nanay,’ WEIRDO, and more

The Women’s Film Festival is back with in-person screenings, a Fringe show inspired by Filipino migrant stories, a poetic conversation at Blue Stoop, and WEIRDO returns to East Kensington. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
A group of dancers pose, all in white. Everyone has umbrellas, one of them is open. The Ben Franklin bridge is behind them.

The return of AMM & DCO's The Umbrella Dance

Umbrellas, art, and dance at the Dickinson Square Farmers’ Market

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company (AMM & DCO) performs its signature Umbrella Dance this weekend. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Previews 3 minute read
Nine dancers on stage in a circle, with two of them standing in the center. Everyone is wearing Hawaiian inspired attire.

Back on stage with BalletX's Sunset, o639 Hours

Dancing across the country, and the return home

BalletX opens its 2021-2022 season with a full-length ballet, Sunset, o639 Hours, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 2 minute read
Four Wolfthicket dancers sit playing in a circle on the floor. On the sides, two standing dancers move with arms outstretched

Lily Kind presents Wolfthicket

Fun and games at the club

Choreographer Lily Kind presents an evening of club dancing, contemporary dance, and child’s play with Wolfthicket, a real pre-Fringe find. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 3 minute read