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Mixed-media performative art, flamenco, and Sattriya dance into the heart of the weekend

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Sattriya Dance Company celebrates Krishna at the Barnes. (Photo courtesy of the Barnes Foundation)
Sattriya Dance Company celebrates Krishna at the Barnes. (Photo courtesy of the Barnes Foundation)

The collective passion and art of Philadelphia looks like a kaleidoscope. It intersects and compliments, and this weekend's roundup is evidence of that. A northern Indian tradition, tech, opera, vogue, new jazz, and flamenco are all on deck, and much of that is happening simultaneously with performances that seem like they were picked out from a dream.

Intuitive Art Space hosts Michelle Marcuse

Intuitive Art Space is hosting the work of Michelle Marcuse, a Philadelphia resident and co-director of HOUSEGallery in Fishtown. Her work mirrors and chronicles her childhood experiences and dream states and introduces commentary on contemporary living. Marcuse grew up in apartheid South Africa during the late 1950s through the 1970s, and her fragmented architectural forms and decayed environments remember and examine a society under duress.

The exhibition opens tonight at T=the Intuitive Art Space (4236 Main Street) and runs through June.

Micah Thomas performs at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Micah Thomas is set to perform a solo concert at the historic Philadelphia parish on Thursday, April 18, at 7pm. An undergraduate at Juilliard, Thomas, who began playing piano at the age of two, has already made a name for himself outside of the classroom, playing with the likes of guitarist Lage Lund, saxophonist Stacey Dillard, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Flamenco with Pasion y Arte

Pasion y Arte, Philadelphia’s premier all-female contemporary flamenco dance company, celebrates "The Voices of Women in Flamenco" through contemporary and tablao flamenco. The evening will combine contemporary flamenco choreographed by PyA artistic director Elba Hevia y Vaca. PyA will recreate the intimate, café-like atmosphere of tablao, where flamenco dancers showcased their dancing before the art form was institutionalized into more theatrical performances.

The experience hits the floor at Fleisher Art Memorial (719 Catharine Street) on Friday, April 19 at 8pm, with tickets available online.

ARC 2.0: Contra

Experience opera, vogue dance, fashion, art, the digital world, and more coming together in the totally immersive live-performance piece ARC 2.0: Contra. Following the performance, the Design School's Meyerson Hall will be transformed from theatre to dance floor for an afterparty. This event will feature local artists and the work of Philadelphia designer Nancy Volpe-Beringer.

Catch the eclectic performance at Meyerson Hall (210 South 34th Street), on Saturday, April 20, at 6:30pm, and pick up your tickets online.

Sattriya Dance Company at the Barnes

The Barnes Takeover series returns on Saturday, April 20, as it invites Madhusmita Bora and Prerona Bhuyan, cofounders of the Philadelphia-based Sattriya Dance Company. Sattriya is a 600-year-old dance tradition from northern India that celebrates Krishna. Through this dance form, Bora and Bhuyan will share stories about the impish god, drawing inspiration from paintings in the collection that speak to various aspects of the deity’s life.

Tickets are available online and the performance begins at 8pm.

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