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August 27, 2014, 2:55 am

Philadanco connects at Kimmel

The internationally acclaimed Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) returns to the Kimmel Center with its annual spring concert, presenting “The Philadelphia Connection” from April 20 through April 22.

The program is a unique homage to the arts in the City of Brotherly Love, and will feature a revival of the 2000 abstract ballet by Dwight Rhoden titled “Tribute.” A salute to Philadelphia International Records, the high-energy piece is set to the celebrated soulful music of 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. The company will also present “Wake Up,” a newly commissioned work by home-grown hip-hop icon Rennie Harris. Choreographed over the past year, “Wake Up,” is the second piece created for the company by Harris, and “articulates that it is our communal ties that shape our own individual and unique identities.”

The program will also include “Suite en Bleu” by the late Philadelphia choreographer Gene Hill Sagan, remounted by Philadanco icon Kim Bears-Bailey, as well as Ron K. Brown’s “Gatekeepers.”        

Philadanco recently performed at the closing ceremonies of the 7th Annual Dance Fest Skopje at the Macedonia Opera and Ballet Theater in Skopje, Macedonia. The appearance marked the first-ever performance by a major American dance company at Dance Fest Skopje. The company was invited to perform at the festival following its performance at the opening ceremonies of the prestigious Tanzmesse Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany, in August 2010.

“This festival is a unique opportunity to share Philadanco’s American and African-American aesthetics with an entirely new international audience, opening the door to improved cultural relations between the two countries,” said Joan Myers Brown, founder/executive artistic director of Philadanco. “It is an honor to serve as the first-ever major American dance company to perform in Macedonia, as well as at Dance Fest Skopje.”

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