Philadanco Presents Ulysses Dove’s Bad Blood

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Philadanco dancers. Photo by Lois Greenfield.

Philadanco reconstructs Bad Blood, a highly physical and seldom-performed piece by Ulysses Dove as part of an evening of dance at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Dove’s innovative work has premiered at the New York City Ballet (Twilight, Red Angels, 1994), as well as with world renowned companies, such as the Dutch National Ballet, the Basel Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, London Festival Ballet, and Groupe de Recherche Choreographique de l’Opéra de Paris, where he spent three years as assistant director (1980–83). Dove passed away in 1996, and has been continuously revered for his explosive, forceful dances he brought to the stage.

“I’m always looking for work that challenges my dancers, and this is even more demanding because of the structure of the work,” says Joan Myers Brown about the company’s premiere of Bad Blood. “It’s about relationships, but a lot of the lifts are ‘death-defying’ and it requires the dancers to have the utmost trust in each other.”


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