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Monday, June 27, 2022

Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company presents Beautiful Chaos by Melissa Strong

AMM & DCO explores the beauty, hope, and connection that can emerge from chaos in its Home Season Concert Project 35, featuring the premiere of the full-length work Beautiful Chaos. Meli…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:44PM
Monday, June 20, 2022

Brian Koulman Dance presents its Summer 2022 Show by Melissa Strong

Bryan Koulman Dance Company marks its return to the stage with several works from its repertory and a world premiere performed by artists from the Philadelphia Ballet and PHILADANCO!. Meliss…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:40AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Dancing up close with Tommie-Waheed Evans and softly, as I leave you by Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong previews Philadelphia Dance Projects' and Tommie-Waheed Evans's softly, as I leave you.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:52PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Intercultural Journeys presents The Frances Suite by Melissa Strong

Intercultural Journeys presents The Frances Suite, a musical portrayal of 19th-century Philadelphia activist, speaker, and writer Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, by composer Ruth Naomi Floyd. …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:33PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

FringeArts presents the fourth annual Blue Heaven Comedy Festival by Melissa Strong

FringeArts celebrates the best and most exciting alternative comedy, including headliner and Blue Heaven and SNL alum Sarah Squirm. Melissa Strong previews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:25PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Project Moshen presents Woman by Melissa Strong

Project Moshen, Philadelphia’s all-female jazz dance company, presents Woman, a reimagining of its 2018 work examining a range of gender issues and some good old girl power nostalgia. Meli…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:53PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

Crossing Paths Movement Collective presents its Philly premiere by Melissa Strong

Crossing Paths Movement Collective makes its Philadelphia premiere with works created by movement artists and choreographers Evalina “Wally” Carbonell, Sarah Carlson, Nick M. Daniels, an…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:23PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Barnes presents Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community by Melissa Strong

The Barnes Foundation's newest exhibit will feature historic and contemporary Southwest Native art and explore the healing power of the arts and living traditions. Melissa Strong previews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:01PM
Monday, January 31, 2022

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by Melissa Strong

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates a decade with artistic director Robert Battle in the company’s 2022 tour, which kicked off last week at the Academy of Music. Melissa Strong r…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:34PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Penn Live Arts presents Dorrance Dance by Melissa Strong

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.…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:01AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Team Sunshine returns with The Sincerity Project #4: Cyclones, Schools, and Packs by Melissa Strong

Team Sunshine Performance Corporation returns with the fourth installment of The Sincerity Project, its 24-year-long artistic experiment that uses performance to explore the shifting contour…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:20PM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Koresh Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary with TikVAH by Melissa Strong

Koresh Dance Company looks to the past and the future in world premiere TikVAH, establishing itself as a Philadelphia treasure. Melissa Strong reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:10PM
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

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