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.
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.
BalletX presents Tsai Hsi Hung, Manuel Vignoulle, and Francesca Harper
Dancing in the bubble
BalletX continues its season of world-premiere short dance films, with a third installment featuring choreographers Tsai Hsi Hung, Manuel Vignoulle, and Francesca Harper. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
The Annenberg Center presents excerpts of Martha Graham’s best-loved works
The streaming advantage of dance
The Martha Graham Dance Company offered a taste of the company’s rich and emotionally charged repertoire in a series of excerpts from Graham’s best-loved works, performed by Lloyd Knight and Xin Ying. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
What happened to ‘Nutcracker’ in the year of COVID?
Why should we tune in to ‘The Nutcracker’ in 2020?
What is the state of ‘The Nutcracker’—beloved holiday tradition and the dance-company equivalent of retail’s Black Friday—in 2020? Melissa Strong considers.