Philadanco returns to New York City for seven performances, June 12 through 17 at the Joyce Theater. The company will present four works by choreographers of color, including three New York premieres. This concert series marks the company’s first solo presentation at the Joyce Theater since 2012.
Always on the cutting edge, the company will present works that address issues affecting America’s underserved and under-represented. Vietnamese choreographer Thang Dao’s arresting poetic imagery in his ensemble offering Folded Prism is balanced by an original score by John Levis. A Movement for Five by Philadanco alumni Dawn Marie Bazemore brings the injustice of the Central Park Five to the movement forefront in the era that where their most ardent detractors remains Donald Trump. Company stalwart and resident choreographer Christopher Huggins’ New Fruit “explores a social landscape that continues to impact black and brown bodies”. While artist in residence and Philadanco alumnus Tommie-Waheed Evans’ With(in) Verse, presents a message of deliverance.
Joan Myers Brown, the venerable matriarch, company founder, and executive director has defied the odds for almost six decades. Brown established a school in 1960, then developed a performance venue (Philadanco) in 1970; and she continues to fight the good fight. An unrelenting advocate for the arts she and Philadanco remain a conduit for the next generation of world-class artists.
Philadanco- Folded Prism
“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 New York City 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” states Brown.
Philadanco performance schedule:
Tuesday, June 12 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 13 7:30pm
Thursday, June 14 8pm
Friday, June 15 8pm
Saturday, June 16 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, June 17 &:30pm
Tickets can be purchased online at Joyce.org or by phone at 212-242-0800.