Bringing together some of hip-hop’s most influential pioneers, dancer and choreographer Kyle “JustSole” Clark will present what he calls his “physical autobiography” in a dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video. The Life of a Just Sole will explore themes of identity, family, self-expression, and the guiding force of art in an individual’s life, as it introduces audiences to the history of hip-hop culture. Performers will include house dancers Caleaf “Big Leaf” Sellers, Tony “Sekou Heru” Williams, and Tony McGregor; lockers Alain “Hurrikane” Lauture and Omar “Firelock” Thomas; as well as B-boys Ivan “HeatRock” Cofield, Tony “Ynot” Dinero, and Brian “Hannibal” Newby. Together, these performers will survey a variety of dance styles through a combination of choreographed segments and improvised dance battles. Langston “DJ Foxx Boogie” Clement will accompany the dancers live on stage, spinning a spectrum of musical genres—from jazz to electronic dance music.
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British jazz drummer Steve Noble and experimental guitarist-composer Stephen O’Malley will perform together in their North American debut.
Tom Schorgl has been president and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture since its inception in 1997.
Tania León is the founding and artistic director of Composers Now. In 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ASCAP Victor Herbert Award.
Known for its high energy performances, Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh.
Benjamin Schachter is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
Susanna Sloat is a writer, editor, and arts consultant in New York City who has written about a diverse range of dance.
The new FringeArts space on Columbus Boulevard opened last week with Elephant Room, the premiere of which was funded by the Center in 2011.
Nichole Canuso Dance Company is building an internal fundraising structure that can grow or contract as the scope of the company’s projects changes with each year.
Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region and is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, and the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.
Kate Watson-Wallace produced Everywhere, a new online interactive dance piece.
Foley, a 2012 Pew Fellow, explores how every movement, no matter how ordinary or seemingly inconsequential, informs a responding movement, and so on, in an ongoing creative feedback loop.
Performance artist Anya Evans will present her ongoing performance piece Operation Catsuit.