The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known as PHILADANCO!, is widely recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers, and electrifying performances. Formed in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, a barrier-breaking African American ballet dancer, PHILADANCO! launched to provide artistic opportunities and nurture the talents of Black dancers denied places in local dance companies. This dynamic program includes Francisco Gella’s Seasons, set to Max Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons;" Ephrat Asherie’s Out-Side-In, an exuberant, theatrical version of breaking and house dancing; Ray Mercer’s This Place, a festive and technically challenging work set to Bongi Duma’s music; and Anthony Burrell’s Conglomerate, which he calls “a rich history of Black Dance in Philadelphia.” Witness one of America’s top dance companies share fresh and fervent stories through movement. “If there’s fun to be had, PHILADANCO! will have it. But if there’s deeper purpose, these performers will clarify it, underscore it, and make you pay attention" (Dance Magazine). As an Artist-in-Residence, company members will also work with the community through classes and workshops during the week surrounding the performance.
Seasons–Francisco Gella Out-Side-In–Ephrat Asherie This Place–Ray Mercer Conglomerate–Anthony Burrell
Tickets: $48, $41, $29; half-price for youth through Grade 12
PERFORMANCE PROGRAM The program for this performance will be available the week of the event. View digital program.
BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE A pre-performance discussion begins one hour prior to the performance, featuring a member of PHILADANCO and moderated by Lawrence Jackson.
FREE TICKETS FOR MASON STUDENTS A limited quantity of free student tickets will be available two Tuesdays prior to the event. Learn more.
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