By Walter Rutledge
Following a triumphant New York season at the Joyce Theater in New York City, Philadanco will perform in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center, Perleman Theater, Friday May 6 through Sunday May 8. The company will offer four performances, by four exceptional choreographers; Cottonwool (Christopher Huggins), Philadelphia Experiment (Rennie Harris), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Ray Mercer), and Violin Concerto (Milton Myers).
The Kimmel Center performances mark the Philadelphia premiere of Mercer’s Guess Who Coming to Dinner, one of the standouts in the Joyce/New York season. The work evolves around a large platform that is placed center stage. The dancers move over, under and around the platform defying gravity with heart stopping leaps, falls and jumps. Mercer has created an exciting audience rousing work that showcases the talents of the dancers.
Philadanco is enjoying unparalleled acclaim in the 2010/2011 season. The annual touring season has expanded to over 50 performances and 45 residences; this establishes Philadanco as a formidable presence in the American dance community. Where the organization has distinguished itself is in the in education and preservation of the black dance tradition.
One of the best things about Philadelphia is that it is only 90 miles from New York. For those individuals who missed Philadanco at the Joyce now have a reason to take a one-day arts excursion to Philadelphia. The Kimmel Center is located at 300 S. Broad Street on the corner of Spruce Street in Downtown Philadelphia. The theater is easily accessible from interstate 95 by automobile or a short taxi ride from 30th Street Station on Amtrak. For more information and tickets/reservations contact the Kimmel Center at (215) 731- 3333 or visit the website www.kimmelcenter.org
Philadanco at the Kimmel Center Performance Schedule
Friday May 6th 7:30 pm
Saturday May 7th 2:00 pm and 7:30pm
Sunday May 8th 2:00pm