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.
Previews 2 minute read
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.
Reviews 5 minute read
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.
Features 5 minute read
The Weekly Roundup, November 17-24
From painting to sculptures, a double film screening, and ‘Anatomy of a Tablao’
A week decorated with contemplative paintings and sculptures, documentaries, and yes, flamenco. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Previews 2 minute read
SHARP Dance Company presents The Other Side
Dancing to make up for lost time
The SHARP Dance Company presents its fall home series The Other Side with a collection of videos and live contemporary and modern dances with a touch of hip-hop flair. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
The Weekly Roundup, November 10-17
Visiting ‘Hotel Williams’, Cecil B. Moore, ‘A Sankofa Dream’, and Poet-Tree En Motion
Rare plays from Tennessee Williams, a mural for Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters, and honoring the ancestors. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Previews 3 minute read
Koresh Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary with TikVAH
An opening for hope
Koresh Dance Company looks to the past and the future in world premiere TikVAH, establishing itself as a Philadelphia treasure. Melissa Strong reviews.