Last year Gunnar Montana had us all hot and bothered with the freakishly hot flyer to his dance show Basement, but this year our award for hottest FringeArts promo definitely goes to Brian Sanders JUNK.
The local dance company, known for provocative performances, high-flying trapeze acts, and, well nudity, is putting on Suspended at this year’s festival. The company’s website describes the show as “a fantastical titillating abyss, where dual states of being and consciousness cross both sides of the line at the same time.” It promises audacious physicality. amd strong adult content that is “raw, brash, erotic, extreme.”
Upping the hotness factor a bit, each show will be preceded by a “Locker Room Preshow,” where, if you pay a little extra, you can “join the men of JUNK for an up-close and personal view. Find yourself … caught in the middle of a rat-tail towel war; wearing soap suds and, enjoying all male, nude-bathing by candlelight.”
Uh, yes, please.
The show runs September 5-20 at JUNK’s studio at 2040 Christian Street. Tickets, ranging from $35 to $70 can be purchased here.
Extra outtake from the shoot:
Local dancer Jennifer Jones was just hired to join the L.A. Clippers Spirit Dance Team.
The 22-year-old tells me she moved to Los Angeles on July 11th, and began auditioning for the team only seven days later, on the 18th.”I got there at 8 a.m. and didn’t leave until about 5 p.m. … We went through three rounds of auditioning. The competition was intense. All of the girls who came to that audition were beautiful and phenomenal dancers.”
She soared through that day, and then moved on to finals, which consisted of three more rounds: jazz, hip-hop, and solo sections. After that, family and friends had a week to vote online. In the end she was one of the 18 dancers chosen—out of around 200 people.
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Since its start in 2010, National Dance Day, a day devoted to celebrating dance, has become a huge event across the country. This year, Philadelphia Dance Day has an amazing schedule planned, with workshops and live performances happening all day long, and a massive dance party to end the night. Local studios like Philly Dance Fitness, Studio 1831 and Major Moment Studio are participating, which means the lineup is packed with fun classes ranging from ballet to tango to Zumba, and even—gasp!— striptease. And the best part? This entire day, packed with workshops and classes galore, costs next to nothing—in fact, all of the workshops offered before 5:30 p.m. are completely free.
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Koresh Dance Company’s new permanent home at 2002 Rittenhouse.
Koresh Dance Company (KDC) closed on a deal this week to purchase 2002 Rittenhouse Square, a building it has been renting since August of last year. According to Executive Director Alon Koresh, the purchase makes KDC the first contemporary dance company in the city to own a building.
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According to The New York Times, a recent study found that thinking of a workout as a fun activity instead of just boring ol’ exercise can have a serious impact on how effective your gym time is. The problem is, it’s really hard to have a good time working out when you’re trudging away on the treadmill. So to help you guys make the most of your workout time, we’ve rounded up five Be Well Philly approved fitness classes that are anything but boring.
We’ve tried each and every one of these unique local classes, and they were all tons of fun. Plus, each one left us feeling that good kind of I’m-totally-going-t0-have-a-six-pack-tomorrow sore. And lucky you for you, we took note of our experiences in our “I Tried It” series. So now that we’ve tested the waters, all you’ve got to do is read up, pick a class, and have a blast.
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Photos by Peggy Woolsey
Philly dancer/choreographer Nichole Canuso returns for her first show in Philly since last fall’s The Garden, and for the first time she’ll be taking the stage alone. Canuso calls Midway Avenue “the most directly personal work I’ve made to date.” There is no set. It’s just her, a piano, and enough pieces of scotch tape to construct her childhood home. Within those walls she blends movement, music, and dialogue to reveal how experiences from her youth have formed the life she’s living today.
In a Q&A I did with her this week, she details the creative process behind the show, how being a new mom influenced the work, and how the “richness of the process will be feeding me for years to come.”
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The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across this video of a New York City socialite of sorts, getting her groove on in a Beyonce-inspired dance class. The envy that I felt was absurd. All I could think was, Why isn’t every dance studio in Philadelphia hosting hourly Beyonce-themed dance classes, every single day?! Whyyy? (Dramatic, I know) And then Philly Dance Fitness came along with their Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop. Yep, that’s right: A Twerkshop.
Last year, the dance studio hosted Beyonce-themed dance classes and Twerkshop classes, and after tons of requests to bring these favorites back, the studio decided to combine the two, creating the 90-minute workshop of everyone’s dreams. (Okay, maybe not everyone.) During the workshop, participants will, first, learn how to twerk. Then they will “pop, grind, shake and wind through 90 minutes of nonstop dance routines,” to the beat of Beyonce tunes, of course.
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Always wish you knew some killer Michael Jackson moves? Tomorrow at Maha Yoga, instructor Teagan Schweitzer will teach a yoga-and-dance mashup class that’ll intersperse MJ’s choreography with some fun yoga poses. Neat, right?
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Hair's not so controversial nor is it groundbreaking now that, say, any given episode of House of Cards features as much sex and drugs as the once-shocking play, but the me-generation message rings as true as ever. Just replace free love with tinder and bongs with fancier bongs and it's practically a meditation on millenials. Catch Temple's production of the seminal boomer musical starting this Wednesday. Wednesday, March 26th, 7 p.m., Temple Theaters, 1301 West Noris Street.
If you're not hip to it, every month Universal Cave hosts CaveCast, a live podcast taping featuring a DJ playing music he/she loves. For the 15th iteration, Jamie Dillon (aka DJ Bloodfaceman) will play a set of Jamaican tunes. Have a PBR and enjoy the tunes, which organizers are quick to point out will be "much more than just reggae." Listen to previous CaveCasts here. Wednesday, March 26th, 9 p.m., $5, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street.
Acclaimed choreographer Tere O'Connor brings his latest piece, BLEED, to town, with performances at FringeArts March 27-29. BLEED's Philly arrival has been much-hyped since the dance troupe's triumphant debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts in December. O'Conner brings brilliant contemporary choreography in a piece that examines consciousness in motion, collapsing, and expanding in meaning. BLEED is a culmination of a two-year choreography project, combining three of O'Connor's pieces into one brilliant meditation on movement and form. Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m., FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard.
Alfred Jarry began his loose trilogy of absurdist classics as a boyhood doodle, and the schoolboy snark and snot shine through to this day. Ubu Roi presents imbecilic King Pere Ubu as a conquering colossus, with expansive appetites and a consciousness in a suitcase. Yes, it's weird, but it's this twisted juvenilia and exaggerated monstrousness that's made the Ubu plays an enduring example of modernism and the subject of this month's Philadelphia á la Pataphysique series. As part of the series' film portion, International House presents Ubu Roi, a French film adaptation of the first of the Ubu plays. In this one, we find Pere Ubu shouting muddled obscenities with heavily stylized grotesqueness. Somehow, this is still as cutting a satire of the political status-quo as it was in turn-of-the-century France. Merdre. Thursday, March 27th, 7 p.m., International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.
Starting this Thursday, UArts stages Cole Porter's classic tribute to theater, and its most famous contributor, Kiss Me, Kate. The play modernizes (although Porter's work is somewhat anachronistic at this point) Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with a self-reflexive, play-within-a-play spin. Antics ensue as a bickering pair work to stage the Elizabethan classic, and get worse as gangsters come to collect a debt (modern, indeed). Thursday, March 27th, 7:30 p.m., Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street.
New Jersey songstress Nicole Atkins comes to Johnny Brenda's this Thursday, bringing Orbison-style croo-oooo-ooooning in retro-chic form. Atkins was named Rolling Stone's Artist to Watch and has become a regular musical guest on late-night TV. This is pop music, but with all the whiskey stains and cigarette burns of a skid-row barcalounger. Thursday, March 27th, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda's, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.
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