Exploring Philadelphia: A Chance for Dance


Exploring Philadelphia: A Chance for Dance

Dance Theatre of HarlemAs a full-time citizen of the Penn Bubble, I often forget the incredible cultural opportunities that are only a stone’s thrown away in central Philadelphia. In particular, there are several upcoming dance performances that offer a perfect reason to visit the city.

If you find yourself without a Valentine this upcoming weekend, consider instead falling in love with BalletX’s Winter Series showcase. Held at the Wilma Theater, this year’s performance will feature the work of world-renowned choreographer Trey McIntrye. Much more contemporary in its style, BalletX appeals to a wide-ranging audience, and knowledge of classical ballet is certainly not required to enjoy their shows. From seeing this inspiring company last year, I can fully attest that your evening will be filled with stunning visual content, including both the moves themselves and the production design. For more information about ticketing, visit the website: BalletX Winter Series (But hurry! Tickets are going fast!).

For those more interested in cinematic entertainment, the 2016 Philadelphia Screendance Festival will take place from February 16th to 21st. In this event, the Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet will present films highlighting abstract dance concepts and choreography from several global participants. The works may originate anywhere from London or Montreal to right here in Philly. For more details and ticketing information, click here: 2016 Philadelphia Screendance Festival.

While many of these offerings are taking place in Center City, we are also fortunate enough to have some companies come directly to campus. In March, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will come to the Zellerbach Theatre located in Penn’s Annenberg Center. Backed by their incredible technique, this small company of only 14 members is able to provide modern nuances to classical ballet style. Ticketing for their show is available here: Dance Theatre of Harlem.

So treat yourself to a study break this season, and take advantage of the dance offerings available both on and off campus. You may start a movement you’ll soon come to love.

-Nicole Luo

Images courtesy of: Alexander Izilaev and Gabriel Bienczycki, and Matthew Murphy.

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