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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Groundbreaking French artist Suzanne Valadon debuts in Philly by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:00PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

Philly Fringe 2021: Kyle Marshall Choreography presents Stellar/Rise by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:49PM
Monday, September 20, 2021

Philly Fringe 2021: The Cannonball Festival presents Galumpha by Melissa Strong

A performance from Galumpha combined acrobatics, choreography, and physical theater for a special one-day stint at the Cannonball Festival. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:30PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The return of AMM & DCO's The Umbrella Dance by Melissa Strong

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company (AMM & DCO) performs its signature Umbrella Dance this weekend. Melissa Strong previews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:00PM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Brian Sanders’ JUNK presents Dragonbutter by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:31PM
Friday, May 28, 2021

The Pennsylvania Ballet presents ‘Beauty’ by Melissa Strong

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:21PM
Friday, April 2, 2021

The Annenberg Center presents Rennie Harris Puremovement by Melissa Strong

Rennie Harris Puremovement offers embodied history for our times in a livestream performance from the Annenberg. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:33PM
Monday, March 8, 2021

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Brian Sanders’ JUNK present ‘A Modern-Day Carmen Fantasy’ by Melissa Strong

‘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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:11PM
Monday, December 14, 2020

StanfordLive presents ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!’ by Melissa Strong

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:03PM
Friday, December 11, 2020

What happened to ‘Nutcracker’ in the year of COVID? by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:02PM
Monday, November 16, 2020

The Annenberg Center presents Boaz Yakin’s ‘Aviva’ by Melissa Strong

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:13PM
Monday, October 19, 2020

Pam Tanowitz Dance livestreams a world premiere in Philadelphia by Melissa Strong

Pam Tanowitz Dance’s Philadelphia premiere combines elegance with immediacy in a virtual performance. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:14PM
Monday, October 5, 2020

Philly Fringe 2020: Tangle Movement Arts presents ‘The Way Out’ by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:14PM
Monday, September 28, 2020

Philly Fringe 2020: Artist House/Asya Zlatina + Dancers and stb x at by Melissa Strong

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 …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:40PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Philly Fringe 2020: Apartment 20 presents ‘Lilith and Her Demons’ by Melissa Strong

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:55PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

When the pandemic hit, what was your beloved community? by Melissa Strong

What might Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for beloved community look like in pandemic-era Philadelphia? Melissa Strong considers.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:42AM
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A 1944 recording of Martha Graham’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ is streaming for free by Melissa Strong

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,…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:35PM
Monday, June 8, 2020

Works & Process Artists Virtual Commission Series presents ‘Storm’ by Melissa Strong

‘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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 07:41PM
Saturday, April 11, 2020

National Theatre Live presents a free stream of Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’ by Melissa Strong

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…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:38PM
Monday, March 23, 2020

One dance critic answers the eternal question: Are you a dancer? by Melissa Strong

Does a dance critic need to be a dancer? Dance writer Melissa Strong has spent years answering that question for herself.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:46PM
Monday, February 24, 2020

JCWK Dance Lab presents ‘HOMEbody’ by Melissa Strong

JCWK Dance Lab’s ‘HOMEbody’ explores the physical embodiment of home in an ambitious and inspiring new dance. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:56PM
Monday, January 27, 2020

The Annenberg Center Live and NextMove Dance present Paul Taylor Dance Company by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:47PM
Monday, December 16, 2019

Annenberg Center Live and NextMove Dance present PHILADANCO’s ‘Xmas Philes’ by Melissa Strong

PHILADANCO’s 'Xmas Philes' at the Annenberg reminded dance lovers of the full spectrum of holiday emotions. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 09:55PM
Monday, November 25, 2019

Koresh Dance Company presents the 6th annual Come Together Dance Festival by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:15PM
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

SoLow Fest 2019: Ujima Dance Theatre presents ‘An Afternoon of Dance’ by Melissa Strong

Ujima Dance Theatre’s An Afternoon of Dance, part of SoLow Fest 2019, contained five inspiring, globally minded works. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:48PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Annenberg Center and NextMove Dance present BODYTRAFFIC by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:48AM
Monday, April 8, 2019

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Brian Sanders’ JUNK present ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Melissa Strong

Orchestra met stirring acrobatics when JUNK tackled Prokofiev alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:05PM
Monday, March 18, 2019

The Annenberg Center Live and NextMove Dance present Dance Heginbotham by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:06PM
Monday, March 4, 2019

The Kimmel Center presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by Melissa Strong

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.’…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 08:47PM
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Philly Fringe 2018: Radiant Bloom Productions presents Irene Molloy’s ‘The F Word’ (second review) by Melissa Strong

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.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:32PM
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Philly Fringe 2018: Dancefusion and Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble present ‘Moving’ by Melissa Strong

Philly's Dancefusion and New York's Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble join forces with a slate of premieres and old friends. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:29PM

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