Philadelphia’s Black male ballet dancers share their journeys to the stage—and what the future may hold
Where do dancers discover themselves?
Following a panel discussion featuring Black alumni of the Philadelphia Ballet, Camille Bacon-Smith asked other Philly-connected Black male ballet dancers how they got into the field, what they see now, and what the future holds.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Philadelphia Ballet’s New Work for a New World
Contemporary ballet at the Perelman
Philadelphia Ballet makes the Kimmel Cultural Campus’s Perelman Theater its new home for contemporary ballet performances, beginning with New Work for a New World. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
The Weekly Roundup, February 2-9
Kicking off Black History Month 2022
This week’s roundup has a helping of offerings in celebration of Black History Month. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
A triumphant and timely return
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates a decade with artistic director Robert Battle in the company’s 2022 tour, which kicked off last week at the Academy of Music. Melissa Strong reviews.
The Weekly Roundup, January 26-February 2
Books, ballet, and neon lights
Blue Stoop hosts a pair of writerly conversations with two new novels, a contemporary neon art exhibit opens in Philly and West Chester, and the past and future of Black dancers are on stage. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
The Weekly Roundup, January 19-26
Campy ballet, interdisciplinary mixtapes, and casting light on the 'Invisible'
Penn Live Arts hosts a gender-bending satire ballet performance, the Muse Gallery mixes paintings with music, ArtYard opens an interdisciplinary exhibit with a wide range of perspective, and the debut of Love & Healing. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Stepping it up with Chocolate Ballerina Company’s The Nutcracker: Dipped in Chocolate
In the land of sweets
Chocolate Ballerina Company founder and artistic director Chanel Holland talks about the company’s take on The Nutcracker, making space for dances based on the African diaspora, and more. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
PHILADANCO! and the Kimmel Cultural Campus present Fast Forward…to the Future
Celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary
PHILADANCO! returns to honor its 50th anniversary with Fast Forward...to the Future, a celebration that was postponed due to Covid-19. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Penn Live Arts presents Dorrance Dance
The future of tap
Dorrance Dance honors and expands upon tap traditions in a program including two Pennsylvania premieres and some holiday cheer for its return to live performance and debut at Penn Live Arts. Melissa Strong reviews.
Philadelphia Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
The corps de ballet, breathing as one
Camille Bacon-Smith talks with dancers from the Philadelphia Ballet on their latest production of The Nutcracker and the variety of challenges the classic show still presents for its performers.