PHILADANCO of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Mar. 22 & 23, 2013

March 22 & 23, 2013, 8:30pm
Aronoff Center for the Arts
Jarson-Kaplan Theater
650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

PHILADANCO is Philadelphia’s premier modern dance company.
Recognized across the nation and around the world for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances.

The dance company was created in 1970 to address the lack of opportunities for minority dancers in the Delaware Valley. In the 41 years since then, PHILADANCO has advanced from a community-based company to an internationally-renowned institution.


On the heels of their 40th Anniversary, PHILADANCO dances down memory lane, while also performing a new work, “Wake Up,” by prominent hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris.

Fans, both old and new, are invited to join the dancers on a tour through those groundbreaking 40 years that shaped them into the spectacular and electrifying company they are today.
Meet the Artists

Meet the artists at a FREE post-performance reception on Friday, March 22, 2013!

Dancers’ Masterclass

Dancers are invited to take a class with Philadanco on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:30-12:00pm at Contemporary Dance Theater’s studio. More information at cdt-dance.org/masterclasses.

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Ways to Buy
Buy your tickets the way you want!
On the phone:
(513) 621-ARTS (2787)
Single Tickets
Single tickets will go on-sale October 1.
$32.00 Orchestra & Balcony I
$27.00 Balcony II & Box Seats
$27.00 Seniors, any seats
$22.00 Students, any seats

Pick 3
Can’t commit to all 5? You can still save money with a 3-show subscription.
$87.00 Orchestra & Balcony I without Pilobolus
$72.00 Balcony II & Box Seats without Pilobolus
$97.50 Orchestra & Balcony I with Pilobolus
$82.50 Balcony II & All Box Seats with Pilobolus
4 Voucher Flex Pass
4 vouchers to use in any combination for any shows!
$117.00 Orchestra & Balcony I
$97 Balcony II & Box Seats
Add $11 for each Pilobolus ticket

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The Program

The program will include works by well-known and hard-hitting choreographers Ronald K. Brown (of Evidence), Matthew Rushing (of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and the hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris (of Rennie Harris Puremovement), as well as George Faison (who choreographed The Wiz and is well-known for his film and commercial work, as well).

“Suite Otis” by George Faison is considered an American Masterpiece. It was inspired by the genius of the late Otis Redding anddedicated to the memory of the late Thelma Hill, Mr. Faison’s teacher, mentor, and friend. First premiered in 1971, “Suite Otis” is a wonderful playful interaction between the men and women and a showcase of the performers.

“Gatekeepers” by Ronald K. Brown, a sought-after choreographer, symbolizes the dancers as “soldiers walking toward heaven, searching for the wounded and looking-out to make a safe haven for others to follow.” “Gate Keepers” is a story of homage, celebration, and an acknowledgment of conscious continuity, interconnectedness, history, tradition, and perseverance.

In “Moan,” by the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performer and Rehearsal Director, Matthew Rushing, the musical genius of Nina Simone is honored. It illustrates the prolonged lament heard in and through the passion and truth of Ms. Simone’s timeless vocal expressions.

And, Rennie Harris’ new work, “Wake Up” addresses its own genre. An international phenomenon at almost 50 years old, Hip Hop has has always been a struggle for identity. Hip Hop and Hip Hop Dance was created through communities, without formula or technique, out of the frustration of disenfranchised African American and Latino youth. Youth today continue to find their individual voice through hip hop almost two generations later while the media continues to attempt to define it. “Wake Up” shows—through the lens of dance—that communities, people, relationships, and Hip Hop definethemselves.

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Louise Taft Semple Foundation



Warrington Foundation
Cincinnati Arts Association / Greater Cincinnati Foundation Rental Subsidy 

The Contemporary Dance Theater Guest Artist Series is sponsored by THE OTTO M. BUDIG FAMILY FOUNDATION and is supported by the thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Generous support from the Louise Taft Semple Foundation also makes the Guest Artist Series possible. Support also comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Contemporary Dance Theater is also supported by The Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts.

The presentation of “Wake Up” by PHILADANCO is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The PHILADANCO project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.