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 Post subject: Phrenic New Ballet 2003-04
PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 9:20 am 
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Four edgy premieres

Merilyn Jackson
Philadelphia Inquirer

Phrenic New Ballet has some nerve presenting four distinguished and pulsating world premieres in the dog days of August, when so few dance aficionados are in town. But this four-year-old company is known for nerve. <a href=http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/6535138.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Phrenic New Ballet 2003-04
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:08 am 
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Phrenic New Ballet

'Tabula Rasa,' 'High Low Short & Tight,' 'Until Ten,' and 'Pursuit'

by Lewis Whittington

August 13-16, 2003 -- Mandell Theatre at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

The Phrenic New Ballet’s name, "Phrenic," refers to the diaphragm’s reflexive breathing nerve--a name symbolic of this company’s artistic goal to stay grounded in classical ballet technique infused with liberating, natural artistic impulse. Co-founded three years ago by artistic directors Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, both currently dancers with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and ex-PB dancer Amanda Miller, the fourth member is dance filmmaker Tobin Rothlein, Miller’s husband.

Without doubt, the company has covered a lot of ground in just three years with mature works like Neenan’s "Frequencies" and Cox’s "Ashen," and performing when PB is off-season is a tricky prospect considering the ambitious works seen so far. Joined mostly with other PB dancers, Phrenic attracts some of the most interesting guest dancers and choreographers around the country, such as choreographer Jessica Lange, Eric Wagner from San Francisco Ballet, and this year, Thaddeus Davis from Donald Bryd‘s company. Phrenic has been innovative, unexpected, and memorable, carving a distinct niche for professional dance in Philadelphia.

The four dances presented at Drexel University’s Mandell Theatre on August 13-16 represents a pause in Phrenic’s upward trajectory, revealing growing pains of a developing company. Phrenic dancers are always technically impressive and no matter what variation a unison group is using, for instance, there is no missing the classical training. Yet several times during this bill, there were form breaks and a general sluggishness.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 1:46 am 
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PHRENIC NEW BALLET PREMIERING 2 WORKS AT ARTS BANK

By SONO MOTOYANA
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 11, 2004

Known for uniting innovative movement with visual media, one of the new pieces, "Wonder Why," choreographed by co-artistic director Neenan, will incorporate live video projection.
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A dream trio by Phrenic

By MERILYN JACKSON
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 13, 2004

It was good to see Amanda Miller, a Phrenic director, back on stage in the role after some injuries. ... Although all the other women wore pointe shoes,... Even without them, her long slim limbs can pierce the air like swords or tremble like branches of a Palo Verde tree in desert stillness.
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