Philly Fringe 2023: Gunnar Montana Productions presents BLACK WOOD
Sex, sorcery, and power
Gunnar Montana’s immersive BLACK WOOD is a dark and bloody exploration of women’s power through sorcery and sexuality. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Flamencodanza and KCBCxKCBCII’s Summer Series
Classical dance with contemporary flair
Two Fringe Festival performances feature classical forms of dance while looking to the present and future: Aylin Bayaz and Raúl Mannola’s Flamencodanza and KCBCxKCBCII’s Summer Series. Melissa Strong reviews.
“A responsibility to open the door”: how do we embrace disability on an institutional level?
What else can theater be?
Last month, writer Wendy Univer explored a cutting-edge cadre of artists whose work centers on inclusion from the ground up. Now, she speaks with institutional leaders about integrating and prioritizing disability inclusion.
River Dance Festival returns to New Hope
Flowing through dance and culture
Roxey Ballet presents the second annual River Dance Festival, featuring diverse talent from across the nation. Melissa Strong previews.
Keila Pérez-Vega and dancing with many hats
Balancing multiple steps and roles
Keila Pérez-Vega talks her favorite parts of performing on stage, her behind-the-scenes work that informs her perspective, and how her upbringing instilled vital skills that she still uses today. Melissa Strong profiles.
Mijkalena Smith and company present Flowing Forms
New dances explore environments internal and external
Mijkalena Smith, Malcolm Shute, and Jessica Warchal-King offer a diverse summer dance program at CHI Movement Arts Center. Melissa Strong previews.
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents The Bach Cello Suites Project
Reconsidering and improvising Bach
Choreographer Megan Bridge and musician Tristan Price offer a new angle on Bach’s music and The Artist’s Mother exhibit. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
The Barnes Foundation presents William Edmondson: A Monumental Vision
Still a fascinating figure
In its exhibition featuring sculptor William Edmondson, who blurred and subverted a lot of what institutions expect from great artists, the Barnes begins to grapple with ways of seeing the artist’s legacy. Hanae Mason reviews.
“Access artists” like Alice Sheppard, Natalie de Segonzac, and Carolyn Lazard ignite new languages in dance, theater, and visual art
“The access is the art”
Disabled artists like Alice Sheppard, Natalie de Segonzac, and Carolyn Lazard prove that access is its own art form, defying a deficit mentality and centering inclusion from the start in exhilarating new art forms. Wendy Univer explores.
BalletX presents Nicolo Fonte’s Sidd: A Hero’s Journey
Siddhartha reimagined in dance
BalletX presents Nicolo Fonte’s Sidd: A Hero’s Journey, an evening-length ballet inspired by Herman Hesse’s classic novel about the journey of self-discovery. Melissa Strong reviews.