PHILADANCO!

Studio, Curve
£18 / £16

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Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the award-winning Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!) return to Let’s Dance International Frontiers, having made their UK debut at the festival in 2017.

PHILADANCO! is celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African American traditions in dance, led by 2013 National Medal of the Arts recipient Joan Myers Brown. From contemporary ballet to modern genres, PHILADANCO! works in a range of dance techniques that most companies don’t attempt to possess.

The repertoire features When Dawn Comes by choreographer Christopher Huggins, a psychologically driven work masterfully showcasing dancers in a joyous celebration. Tommie-Waheed Evans’ choreography With(in) Verse entwines the ideas of spirituality and sorrow. A feverish whirl of virtuoso lifts and turns sets the tone for Gene Hill Sagan’s La Valse. With Anthony Burrell’s Conglomerate homage to the rich history of Black Dance in Philadelphia that inspired his own journey.

“Taking risks and showcasing harsh realities through the beauty of movement” Dance Informa

Image: Joe Gonzalez, photograph by Julieanna Harris

LDIF Programme

Full Programme
Black dancer Kyle Abraham is leaping with arms spread and one leg kicked out behind him. He wears a colourful costume with loose tassels that flow out as he moves.

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A woman in a short red dress with a long train strides forwards while four men in red trousers hold the back of her train

Conference – 10 Years, 10 Countries, 10 Voices: Black Classics

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Dancer Alice Sheppard, balances on her hands, arms straight, and on a pair of silver crutches, lifting her lower body and wheelchair high. Alice's head is tucked and her short curly hair peaks out from behind her strong arms. She is wearing a shimmery gold bodysuit. She is set against a black background and light reflects off her costume, chair, and crutches. Photo by Mengwen Cao.

Alice Sheppard – Where Good Souls Fear

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Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut stand defiantly hand-in-hand in the middle of a street, both wearing red mesh clothing and looking directly ahead.

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Angela Bowen, a Black woman with short hair, wears a white top and stands with one arm extended, and her other hand on her heart

Film Screening – The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen (2016)

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