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SHARP Dance Company, the new artist in residence at Equilibrium Dance Academy, brings its spring series Haven to South Philadelphia with a program including excerpts from Diane Sharp-Nachsin’s Seven Windows, a duet by choreographer Joe Cotler, I Am Here from Miguel Quiñones, and a work from 2011 by Kevin Ferguson.
Painting a dream
“Our home is kind of in South Philly,” artistic director Sharp-Nachsin told me. She sees the residency as a chance to connect with the community: students receive discounted tickets and Q&A sessions after the Saturday performances will give the audience a chance to get to know the dancers. The studio venue offers dance in a more intimate setting that makes up for what it lacks in lighting and projections of a theatrical performance with an up-close look at the dancers and the work.
The program includes two pieces that take us deeper into works Sharp-Nachsin sampled in November. I enjoyed the duet from Sharp-Nachsin’s Seven Windows so I was glad to hear that the company will be performing three more excerpts. “Seven Windows is a true story about my lead dancer, Sandra Davis,” Sharp-Nachsin explained. “She tragically lost her mom about 10 years ago and she came into rehearsal one day and she said, ‘I had a dream about my mom, and I asked her if she was in heaven and she said she hadn’t opened the seven windows yet.’”
Sharp-Nachsin believes in reincarnation and wondered if the dream related to the lives Davis’s mother had yet to live. So she asked if she could do a piece about it. She told five artists the story, and they each made an original painting inspired by it. Sharp-Nachsin took her own inspiration from the paintings; the three that reflect the sections in the performance appear in the program.
I loved the dance club vibe of Quiñones’s I Am Here, so I am looking forward to the full piece. Cotler, another frequent choreographer with the company (and former Koresh favorite), has been working on a collaboration with Sharp-Nachsin, titled Stories. Audiences will get a first-look at Cotler’s duet and can catch the full piece in September. A 2011 work from Kevin Ferguson and two short pieces will round out the program.
What, When, Where
Haven. SHARP Dance Company; presented by Equilibrium Dance Academy. $20-$25. May 7-8 and May 14-15, 2022. Equilibrium Dance Academy, 1802 S. Broad Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia. (215) 880-2306 or sharpdance.org.
All patrons must show proof of full vaccination and identification. All patrons will need to wear a mask at all times while inside the studio theater.
Equilibrium Dance Academy is not an accessible venue.
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