world premiere of Susan Rethorst’s THEN, with Group Motion and artistic director Manfred Fischbeck, was a bright, cheery, even cheeky little dance,
only 50 minutes long. But it packed a lot of information into that short time.
Last week I attended a musical rehearsal of
Wolf-In-Skins. The singers are wonderful and music beautiful! It is
exciting to see the elements of this work as they unfold. It is so expressive
of a primal and ancient longing of the co-joining of animal, human and spirits
worlds. Don’t miss this amazing dance opera.
Have you ever found yourself suddenly surrounded by dance, and in the
least expected place? Maybe you couldn’t quite grasp what was going on at
first, but then you noticed people standing around or sitting on the grass,
watching. If you’ve lived in Philadelphia for awhile and walked in Bartram
Gardens, Fairmount Park, or Old City, or visited Swarthmore College’s campus,
or toured Eastern State Penitentiary, chances are you’ve been surprised at
least once by dance.
Sometimes when a critic sees a dance the first time, it
goes over her head. On a witty double bill with Lionel Popkin at Philadelphia Dance Projects’ season
opener at the Performance Garage on Friday, I saw Gabrielle Revlock’s Share! a second time since
it premiered in 2009.
If dance is poetry in motion, it follows that some dances would offer
the clarity of elegant verse and others, a more-challenging-to-follow
complexity. The three works on this year’s edition of SCUBA, the
grassroots dance touring program that includes Philadelphia Dance
Projects, are on different spots on that continuum.