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The Barnes Foundation presents the world premiere of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the first major US exhibition of the groundbreaking French artist. Melissa Strong previews.
Kyle Marshall Choreography draws inspiration from the church, the club, and Afrofuturism in a Fringe Festival event combining a dance film with a live performance. Melissa Strong reviews.
A performance from Galumpha combined acrobatics, choreography, and physical theater for a special one-day stint at the Cannonball Festival. Melissa Strong reviews.
Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company (AMM & DCO) performs its signature Umbrella Dance this weekend. Melissa Strong previews.
Dragonbutter is an inventive hour-long experience from Brian Sanders’ JUNK that inserts participants into a hands-on science-fiction video-game quest. Melissa Strong reviews.
Pennsylvania Ballet offers elegance, emotion, and synchrony in world premieres by Russell Ducker, Meredith Rainey, and Juliano Nunes choreographed to the music of Jennifer Higdon. Melissa St…
Rennie Harris Puremovement offers embodied history for our times in a livestream performance from the Annenberg. Melissa Strong reviews.
‘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.
2020 Ibsen Award-winner Taylor Mac celebrates the dysfunction of the holidays in ‘Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!,’ a virtual vaudeville performance exploring the power of chosen family throug…
What is the state of ‘The Nutcracker’—beloved holiday tradition and the equivalent of retail’s Black Friday for dance companies—in 2020? Melissa Strong considers.
Sex, gender, and dance collide in ‘Aviva,’ a film about love and identity written and directed by Boaz Yakin, with choreography by Bobbi Jene Smith, formerly of Batsheva Dance Company. M…
Pam Tanowitz Dance’s Philadelphia premiere combines elegance with immediacy in a virtual performance. Melissa Strong reviews.
A performance made for pandemic, ‘The Way Out’ took audiences on a drive-in journey through music, movement, theater, and glassblowing at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Melissa Strong reviews.
Two performances explore dance during pandemic for the 2020 Fringe Festival. Artist House/Asya Zlatina + Dancers and stb x at offer different experiences combining movement, technology, and …
Apartment 20 adapts Enid Dame’s collection of poems ‘Lilith and Her Demons’ into a song cycle for the 2020 Fringe Festival, exploring how and where we see the Lilith of Jewish folklore…
What might Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for beloved community look like in pandemic-era Philadelphia? Melissa Strong considers.
Best-known as a musical composition, 'Appalachian Spring' originated as a ballet of the same name. A 1944 recording of this Martha Graham Dance Company performance is now streaming for free,…
‘Storm,’ a performance of the Works & Process Artists Virtual Commission Series, packs emotional punch into a short solo dance now streaming free on YouTube. Melissa Strong reviews.
National Theatre Live delivers a fresh production of Jane Eyre as bold as the heroine of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, streaming free on YouTube through April 16, 2020. Melissa Strong…
Does a dance critic need to be a dancer? Dance writer Melissa Strong has spent years answering that question for herself.
JCWK Dance Lab’s ‘HOMEbody’ explores the physical embodiment of home in an ambitious and inspiring new dance. Melissa Strong reviews.
A visit from Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Annenberg showcased the late choreographer’s unique vision and range in a program that didn’t always cohere. Melissa Strong reviews.
PHILADANCO’s 'Xmas Philes' at the Annenberg reminded dance lovers of the full spectrum of holiday emotions. Melissa Strong reviews.
Koresh’s sixth annual Come Together Dance Festival is one of the region’s top opportunities for a diversity of dance on one stage. Melissa Strong reviews.
Ujima Dance Theatre’s An Afternoon of Dance, part of SoLow Fest 2019, contained five inspiring, globally minded works. Melissa Strong reviews.
LA-based BODYTRAFFIC brought contemporary dance in a wide range of styles in a program presented by Annenberg Center Live and NextMove Dance. Melissa Strong reviews.
Orchestra met stirring acrobatics when JUNK tackled Prokofiev alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Melissa Strong reviews.
A program of two very different pieces brought Dance Heginbotham’s mission of moving us through dance to Philly, with mixed results. Melissa Strong reviews.
For Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Academy of Music, the Philly premiere of Rennie Harris’s ‘Lazarus’ paired beautifully with a remount of Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations.’…
Irene Molloy's musical revue 'The F Word' takes an inspiring tour through U.S. feminist history right up to our present moment. Melissa Strong reviews.
Philly's Dancefusion and New York's Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble join forces with a slate of premieres and old friends. Melissa Strong reviews.