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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The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum is committed to supporting local composers and developing new markets for their music.
“The pulsating energy that we get from drums have a way of connecting us to everything else in the universe,” says Nana Korantema Ayeboafo, a 2008 Pew Fellow.
Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.
Praised by The New York Times for his “alluring, emotive” work, composer Lembit Beecher creates intimate and dramatically potent musical experiences.
Pennsylvania Ballet will perform In the middle, somewhat elevated by choreographer William Forsythe as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The Ballet originally acquired this piece for performances in 2010, with Center support.
Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the first of three concert series as part of A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach.
Dean R. Gladden is in his eighth season with Houston’s Alley Theatre, where he is responsible for the administrative, financial, marketing, facilities, and development aspects.
The finale concert of the Mann Center’s Philadelphia Freedom Festival, “Gospel Meets Symphony,” has received widespread media attention.
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble restaged dances with new recordings in preparation for national and international tours.
Philagrafika followed up its 2010 citywide festival with an artist residency and follow-up exhibition of work by Spanish artists Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González.
Bobby Zankel is a musician and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Philadelphia Dance Projects began a presenting series of dance performances, workshops, and “informances” by individual dance artists.