PHILADANCO Announces First Full NYC Performance Season at The Joyce Theater since 2012
The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) returns to The Joyce Theater in New York City for its first full performance season at the theater since 2012. Under the direction of Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO’s program this June 12-17, 2018 will include four works; three of which are New York City premieres.
The upcoming season will showcase the athleticism and impassioned dancers of PHILADANCO with pieces that address many of the issues that currently affect people of color. The program will open with the poetic Folded Prism by Vietnamese choreographer Thang Dao, which infuses beautiful imagery with a hypnotic score by John Levis. Next is the New York City premiere of A Movement for Five, an emotionally-charged work by PHILADANCO alumna Dawn Marie Bazemore, inspired by the events surrounding New York City’s “Central Park Five” incident. New Fruit is a poignant piece by resident choreographer Christopher Huggins that offers a glimpse into the unchanged social landscape and its effects on Black and Brown bodies. Closing the program is PHILADANCO alum and Artist in Residence Tommie-Waheed Evans’ With(in) Verse, which intertwines spirituality and sorrow with a message of deliverance.
Known as a company that often champions African-American traditions in dance as well as using the art form to tackle social issues which impact African-Americans, PHILADANCO has curated a program that shines light on the current social climate that affects all people of color.
“We are delighted to return to The Joyce Theater, one of Americas dance Meccas after a hiatus of several years. We know our audiences in NYC are expecting PHILADANCO’s exciting repertory, one that will offer not only the work of diverse styles of chorography but also the talents of the well trained dancers as they move from ballet to ballet. I am also pleased to showcase the poignant works of two former company members who are on a path of personal success” said Joan Myers Brown, Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of PHILADANCO.
Photo: The Company in "Folded Prism."
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