A number of Center-funded performances take the stage this spring, including the world premiere of Blanka Zizka’s Adapt! presented by The Wilma Theater, the continuation of Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s concert series examining the late works of nine leading composers, and dance performances by choreographer taisha paggett at the Institute of Contemporary Art. See our highlights below, and visit our events page to discover more performances and programs coming this season.
Endless Shout: taisha paggett
The Institute of Contemporary Art’s interdisciplinary exploration of the role of performance in museum spaces continues with performances by choreographer taisha paggett. For Endless Shout, paggett will present her dance work counts orchestrate, a meadow (or weekly practice with breath), in which paggett and choreographer Meena Myrygesan perform a replica of a rehearsal within the gallery space.
Philadelphia Real Book Concerts
March 4, March 11, and April 26
Jazz Bridge’s four-part concert series celebrates Philadelphia’s rich jazz heritage and aims to stimulate a local jazz renaissance. Spring musical pairings include performances by saxophonist Odean Pope and pianist Dave Burrell, guitarist Pat Martino and pianist Uri Caine, and bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Monnette Sudler.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society continues its examination of the late stages of great composers with two performances featuring works by Schumann, Gesualdo, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert, exploring themes of fragility, unconventionality, and playfulness. The March 6 concert will feature violist Hsin-Yun Huang, The Brentano Quartet, and pianist Jonathan Biss. On March 13, tenor Mark Padmore will join forces with Biss.
The Life of a Just Sole
Blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video, choreographer Kyle “JustSole” Clark’s autobiographical dance-theater work introduces audiences to the history of hip-hop culture with a cast of house dancers, b-boys, and lockers who survey a variety of dance styles.
March 22-April 22
The Wilma Theater presents the world premiere of the first play penned by the company’s artistic director, Blanka Zizka. The work draws on Zizka’s personal experiences as a Czech émigré to the US in the 1970s and touches upon themes of identity and exile, the idealism of youth, and the compromises of adulthood. Stay tuned for a new Q&A with Zizka in the coming weeks.
A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach: Eastertide
April 19 and April 26
Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the final installment of its multi-part performance project that recreates 18 rarely-performed cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed as originally intended: in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and secular seasons. Read insights by artistic director Matthew Glandorf in a recent news post.>>
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