Here’s a hot little news item for our readers: the Pennsylvania Arts Presenters is holding their semi-annual conference right here in Bethlehem. As a part of this conference, the dance showcase is open for folks in our community to see five (check that, FIVE) amazing dance companies in one performance for a very reasonable price – $10 (for general public) $5 for students.
Who is being showcased?
Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) presents the highest quality of professional dance performance , showcasing the works of important choreographers from Ulysses Dove to Christopher Huggins and Jawole Zollar to name a few, while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities.
Karole Armitage and the dancers Armitage Gone! Dance extend the mandate of innovation and the perception of contemporary dance by combining ballet with new thinking about the geometry and rhythm of dance steps. Armitage explores this realm of movement while simultaneously remaining connected to the sensuous sweep of classical dance.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind with high theatricality, gutsy moves, and virtuosic musicality. The company’s work explores typical, real life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past, present and future. Making a personal claim on history, through the lens of a modern female perspective, Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through dazzling excavations of ancestral stories.
Special Note to Faculty Readers: Camille Brown will be on campus on March 21, 2015 as part of the 2014-15 Zoellner Guest Artist Series. This would be a great opportunity to see the performance, if you are considering academic course connections. Here is a link to her company website for more information.
Founded by Ronald K. Brown and based in Brooklyn, New York,EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography. EVIDENCE provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty and spirituality evoked in his unique blended style.
Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre is really the type of performance you have to see to believe. Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of Miami’ s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, RHDT has had the privilege of performing 2 ADF commissioned pieces and premiering them at the festival as well enjoying unprecedented success in Miami.
When and where is this happening?
Friday, June 6th from 10am-noon in Zoellner Arts Center, Baker Hall. The box office is operating in summer hours, so you can stop by between noon and 5pm Wed-Thu, before the showcase, or order tickets online here.
So… who is the PA Arts Presenters?
According to their website:
Pennsylvania Presenters is a consortium of arts presenters and others working in the performing arts. An organization dedicated to performing arts presenting, serving presenters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Members have direct input into the operations and planning process of the organization. Members collaborate on programming, block booking and grant opportunities. They establish dynamic peer-to peer connections, expand existing and create new networking occasions.
If you’d like to know more about the Spring Conference, click here and take pride in knowing that there are amazing arts presenters and venues in South Bethlehem – awesome enough to bring important arts decision makers to our community and our campus.