Martha Graham Dance Company’s Appalachian Spring. Photo by Hibbard Nash
Martha Graham Dance Company @ Prince Theater | November 3-6
Not to be confused with drag queen extraordinaire Martha Graham Cracker, this is the legendary dance troupe in a rare Philly visit. They’ll be performing Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Errand into the Maze and Dark Meadow Suite, along with Lamentation Variations, a remix of the choreographer’s solo piece Lamentation. Stay after the Friday evening or Saturday matinee show for a post-performance discussion with the dancers.
Jerome Bel @ FringeArts | Thursday, November 3
If nudity on stage isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to skip French choreographer Jerome Bel’s controversial, self-titled early work. But considering this is the same guy who brought us Gala at the Fringe Festival, I think you’d be making a mistake. Read more »
Fact: Sober dancing is not for everyone. I get it. But if you are one of the brave yoga-loving souls who isn’t afraid to get your booty pop on without a few pre-booty popping beers, then you’re going to want to go here to tell the folks at Daybreaker that you really (really, really, REALLY) want them to bring one of their early-morning yoga-and-dance parties to Philly.
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Photo by Bill Hebert
The Black Lives Matter movement hit home for choreographer Lauren Putty White last year when Freddie Gray died in police custody in Baltimore. The UArts grad is a Baltimore native and she watched her hometown erupt in violence while a state of emergency was called.
Putty White’s response was to channel her emotions into her art, creating iStand: Stories of An American Civil Struggle. The dance performance premiered at West Philly’s Community Education Center and now the Painted Bride is remounting it for one day, timed to the presidential campaigns.
“It’s that much more relevant now, because more people are being vocal with the election coming up,” Putty White says. “More people are speaking out. People are fired up.” Read more »
Photo by Plate 3 Photography
The dancers and choreographers behind Birds on a Wire
want to make it easier for up-and-coming artists in Philly to break into the scene. But trying to handle all of the “non-art-based stressors and challenges” is as tricky as it sounds, says Artistic Director Melissa Cameron.
“I’m finding it’s a bit of a balancing act,” she says, “staying in constant conversation with the artists to find out what their needs are and understand what skills they want to develop, and to brainstorm ways of helping them get the resources they need in order to achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves.”
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Ticketleap’s first “I Woke Up Like This” morning dance party | Photo via Facebook
You know what’s even better than sleeping in? Waking up with a full-blown dance party, complete with coffee, Gangster Vegan Organics juice and plenty of Beyoncé references. And that’s just what you’ll get at Ticketleap’s second “I Woke Up Like This” morning dance party, going down from 7 to 9 a.m. this Thursday.
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Pound Fitness at Philly Dance Fitness | Photo by Lani Assaf
Beginner friendly: Yes.
Time commitment: 45 minutes.
What: Pound Fitness at Philly Dance Fitness, 1624 South Street, Graduate Hospital.
When: Wednesday, February 10th at 8 p.m.
Instructor: Lehla Olson Read more »
Photo courtesy Nicole Bindler
In this week’s weird weekend activities: This Sunday, January 31st, the Mütter Museum — you know, the one filled with cabinets upon cabinets of medical instruments and anatomical specimens — is hosting a dance workshop. And like the Mütter Museum, it sounds kind of weird. Read more »
The Stars of Saturday Morning Fever, a new reality TV show based on Dancin’ on Air. It premieres tonight on Fuse at 11.
Dance shows have been a staple of Philadelphia television pretty much since television started. American Banstand got its start in West Philly. In the 1980s, Dancin’ On Air was big on Channel 17. Much like Bandstand, a national show was launched on its back: Dance Party USA. (Fun fact: The first host of Dancin’ on Air was Dave Raymond — the original Phillie Phanatic.)
After a few episodes of the old Dancin’ on Air were aired on WPHL in 2011, the station relaunched the show the following year. The show moved to PhillyCAM on Saturdays at 10 in 2013. Much like its predecessors, the show has inspired a national show. Only instead of another dance show, this time it’s a reality show: Saturday Morning Fever debuts tonight at 11 on Fuse. Read more »
Living legends, world premieres, international talent and Justin Bieber: You’ll find all of these (and more) here in the City of Brotherly Love this winter and spring. It can actually be a little overwhelming, if you don’t know where to start. So here, we present a well-edited (but wildly diverse) list of the very best bets in music, theater and the arts this season. If you can’t find something to do here, we don’t know what to tell you. Read more »
Photo: Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.
Memo from the Pennsylvania Ballet to the Philadelphia Eagles: Man up.
The Eagles’ season of turmoil ended — thankfully — on Sunday afternoon with a win over the Giants, but not before Coach Chip Kelly was fired, and also not before taking a really sick burn from the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Here’s the message the ballet — which is under new artistic direction by famed dancer Angel Correa this season — sent out on Facebook on Wednesday: Read more »