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Dance Affiliates Commemorates its 25th Season
of the Dance Celebration Series at Annenberg Center
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Dance Affiliates, a co-presenter of the Dance Celebration Series
at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, commemorates its 25th Season in
2006-2007. Under the artistic direction of Randy Swartz, Dance Celebration has
presented 244 nationally and internationally renowned dance companies and 22 solo
performers in 751 performances. Dance Affiliates has commissioned 18 new works, and
hosted numerous world premieres and Philadelphia debuts seen by almost
three-quarters of a million people. 35,000 young students, aspiring professional
dancers, educators and the general public have experienced the Educational Outreach
programs, Dance Celebration's Student Discovery Series and The Artist to Artist
Series of masterclasses and workshops. Dance Celebration has been co-presented with
Penn Presents since 1983.
Throughout its history, the Dance Celebration Main Series has had an ancillary
series including the edgy NextMove Festival in the 200-seat Harold Prince Theater
(1987-2003), the groundbreaking Monday Night Series (1986-1998), and numerous
Special Events (1987-2006). Four to 15 companies have been presented in a single
season. Nikolais Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pilobolus Dance Theatre and
Murray Louis Dance Company launched the inaugural season at Annenberg Center,
followed in subsequent years by modern dance legends Martha Graham, Merce
Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Bella Lewitsky and Jose Limon.
MOMIX (1986), Bill T. Jones (1990), Ballet Hispanico (1991), DanceBrazil (1991),
Dayton Contemporary (1992), Mark Morris (1993) and Sankai Juku (1996) made their
Philadelphia debuts on the Monday Night Series. Parsons Dance Company (1988), Mark
Dendy (1989) Garth Fagan Dance (1990), and Rennie Harris PureMovement (1995) have
highlighted the NextMove Festival series that featured 56 companies/productions.
Selected Special Events have included Mummenschantz (1988), Maria Benitez/Jose Greco
(1988), Ballet Folklorico Mexico (1992), Twyla Tharp Dance (1993), Moiseyev Dance
Company (1998), Trinity Irish Dance Company (2000), Complexions (2004) and Luis
Bravo's Tangos (2006). In 1999-2000, a new Contemporary Ballet Series featuring
Suzanne Farrell, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Florida and Les Grands Ballets
Canadiens de Montreal was presented in a tribute to the great choreographers of the
20th century. Several companies that debuted on the NextMove, Monday Night or as a
Special Event were later presented on the main Dance Celebration Series in the
960-seat Zellerbach Theater.
Innovative Dance Celebration program initiatives have included "Core Company
Commitment" in which six selected American companies including Pilobolus, Parsons,
River North, Hubbard, MOMIX and Paul Taylor were presented every other year and
received a commission for a new work. The "Live Music Initiative" supports
collaborations between musical ensembles and dance companies to perform live during
the company's Dance Celebration engagement. The Parsons/Ahn Trio and the Paul
Taylor and Curtis Institute collaborations are examples of this initiative.
International company highlights include the celebrated National Dance Company of
Spain under the direction of Nacho Duato, Nederlands Dans Theater, Grupo Corpo,
Sydney Dance and DanceBrazil. Philadanco, a Philadephia based company, debuted on
the series and returned with the premiere of the hilarious holiday work "Xmas
Philes" choreographed by Danial Ezralow, a special commission of Dance Celebration.
Randy Swartz reflects on his curatorial vision and the breadth and scope of the past
25 years and how he has built and nurtured relationships. "It has been my goal to
bring the world of dance to Philadelphia, commission new work, and host premieres
that supports artists and provides Philadelphia with an ongoing festival that
reflects the best in quality entertainment."
Dance Celebration's 25th Season
The Paul Taylor Dance Company opens the 25th Anniversary Season Retrospective
October 19-21, 2006. Making their Dance Celebration debut are: Richard Alston Dance
Company from Great Britain, January 18-20, 2007; Tania Perez-Salas/Compania de Danza
Contemporanea from Mexico, October 25-26, 2006; and Rubberbandance Group from
Canada, February 27-28, 2007. On Halloween, October 31, Dance Celebration is honored
to present Sankai Juku from Japan for one performance only with the Philadelphia
premiere of "Kagemi." Returning with new programming are: Les Grands Ballets
Canadiens de Montreal November 16-18, 2006, Sydney Dance Company March 29-31, 2007,
DanceBrazil February 1-3, 2007, and Compania Nacional de Danza 2 (National Dance
Company of Spain) March 8-10, 2007. The season will conclude May 17-19, 2007 with a
program celebrating both Dance Celebration's and MOMIX's 25th season featuring a
retrospective of MOMIX works.
Dance Celebration celebrates its 2006-2007 Season with 10 companies in 40
performances, maintaining the tradition of bringing Philadelphia the best
contemporary world-class touring dance companies. All performances will take place
in the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut
Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104. For subscription or ticket information, contact the
Box Office, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 215-898-3900 or
. In addition to performances, the Dance Celebration 2006-2007
season offers outreach activities by all the touring companies for the local
community. These programs include master classes, workshops, residencies and special
projects as part of The Artist to Artist and The Artist and the Community Series,
and full production performances in The Student Discovery Series.
Dance Celebration is funded in part by: ArtesAméricas, Australia Council for the
Arts and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, The
Connelly Foundation, The Samuel S. Fels Fund, Friends of Dance (Affiliates), Japan
Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Presenters, The
Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Virginia C. Mulconroy Fund of the Philadelphia
Foundation, University of Pennsylvania Health System and the William Penn
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2006-2007 Dance Celebration Season
"Dance Around The World"
presented by Dance Affiliates and Penn Presents
Paul Taylor Dance Company
"No dance lover can afford to miss!" New York Post
One of the living legends of dance, Paul Taylor is as prolific and creative as ever,
bringing his new work performed by one of the world's most brilliant dance
Thurs., Oct. 19 at 7:30pm; Fri., Oct. 20 at 8pm; Sat., Oct. 21 at 2pm & 8pm
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
"A revelation... entertaining and visually stunning..." The Boston Globe
Gradimir Pankov directs his company in a program of its contemporary ballet genre
defying repertoire by Europe's most daring choreographers. Philadelphia premieres
may include Jirí Kylián's brilliant Bella Figura, Stijn Celis' groundbreaking Noces
set to Stravinsky's riveting score, and Didy Veldman's ingenious TooT.
Thurs., Nov. 16 at 7:30pm; Fri., Nov. 17 at 8pm; Sat., Nov. 18 at 2pm & 8pm
Richard Alston Dance Company
"An unexpected pleasure... sheer, joyful spontaneity" The Sunday Times
Richard Alston is to Great Britain what Paul Taylor is to America. Making its
Philadelphia debut, England's premier contemporary dance company is known for its
glorious dancers, humanistic choreography and exceptional musicality. The program
features Alston's Gypsy Mixture set to Romanian and Macedonian gypsy music remixed
by DJ's from Chile and Brazil, resulting in heart-throbbing music from around the
Thurs. Jan. 18 at 7:30pm; Fri., Jan. 19 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 20 at 2pm & 8pm
"A crowd pleaser..." Backstage
Jelon Vieira, Artistic Director
LIVE MUSIC * CAPOEIRA * DANCE
Soul-stirring live music, the thrilling Brazilian martial art form of capoeira, and
electrifying dance come together in DanceBrazil's performance. Experience the
infectious rhythm and colors of Brazil with this bold and charming company.
Thurs., Feb. 1 at 7:30pm; Fri., Feb. 2 at 8pm; Sat., Feb. 3 at 2pm & 8pm
CompaÑia Nacional de Danza 2 (National Dance Company of Spain)
"One could watch them forever..." The Berkshire Eagle
Spain's Compañia Nacional de Danza 2 is a troupe of fourteen dancers that serves as
the muse for one of the world's most celebrated contemporary ballet choreographers,
its artistic director, Nacho Duato. Come and experience a wonderful and
immaculately performed program of this great master's glorious and inspired works.
Thurs., Mar. 8 at 7:30pm; Fri., Mar. 9 at 8pm; Sat., Mar. 10 at 2pm & 8pm
Sydney Dance COMPANY
"A dance work everyone can enjoy...fun, engaging and heartfelt." The Sun-Herald,
Australia's foremost contemporary dance company returns with director Graeme
Murphy's exhilarating Grand, a tribute to piano music, ranging from Bach to
honky-tonk to Gershwin classics. Murphy's theatrical and inventive choreography,
superbly performed by this troupe from Down Under, will be fun and entertaining for
Thurs., Mar. 29 at 7:30pm; Fri., Mar. 30 at 8pm; Sat., Mar. 31 at 2pm & 8pm
MOMIX and Dance Celebration are each turning twenty-five. MOMIX has thrilled Dance
Celebration audiences since 1985, now it returns for our 25th anniversary with a
special presentation by its founder Moses Pendleton. Expect great surprises and
excerpts from your favorite MOMIX works, including Baseball, Passion, Orbit, Opus
Cactus, and Lunar Sea, plus a special solo appearance by Pendleton.
Thurs., May 17 at 7:30pm; Fri., May 18 at 8pm; Sat., May 19 at 2pm & 8pm
Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza
Hot Latin sensuality and American contemporary dance converge when "the muse of
Mexico" Perez-Salas creates works like the dreamy The Waters of Forgetfulness in
which a pool of water is used to evoke powerful and compelling visuals, reflecting
mirror images of human history. You'll feel the heat when this earthy dance
company makes its sizzling Philadelphia debut.
Wed., Oct. 25 & Thurs., Oct. 26 at 7:30pm
"Sophisticated beauty..." Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan)
Sankai Juku, Japan's premier butoh dance troupe, transforms time and place with
KAGEMI, Beyond the Metaphors of Mirrors. Powdered white dancers set against floating
lotus-leaves and spectacular lighting create a visually stunning spectacle that is
nothing short of breathtaking.
Tues., Oct. 31 at 7:30pm
"pure ebullience" The Gazette
Here's a captivating new perspective on music and movement. The music is baroque,
Prokofiev, tango, riff or rap, while the dance is an amazing blend of ballet,
contemporary and hip-hop, styles that define Rubberbandance, a smart, hip,
Montreal-based company making its Philadelphia debut.
Tues., Feb. 27 & Wed., Feb. 28 at 7:30pm
Program is subject to change.
For Tickets: Call 215-898-3900 * PennPresents.org * Groups: 215-898-6789
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