Philadelphia has a thriving local dance community, and Koresh Dance Company has been a key member of the scene since its founding in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh.
These days, the dynamic contemporary Koresh troupe tours the country, bringing its signature engaging and passionate style to cities from coast to coast.
This weekend, though, the normally traveling company takes the stage in its hometown for its home season on stage in Philadelphia at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts.
For just three performances, March 26-28, the dancers of Koresh perform the anticipated premiere of Ronen Koresh’s latest work, Aftershock, a personal piece of choreography from Koresh that delves into the idea of culture shock and the impact his own emigration from Israel to the United States in the 1980s had on his identity.
Debuting on Thursday, March 26, Aftershock will continue on Friday, March 27, when the show will be followed by Talk over Drinks: A Conversation with the Artists. After the show, audience members are invited to bring a drink into the theater for a talk-back with Ronen Koresh and the company dancers.
On Saturday, March 28 the performance will be part of a gala event, Koresh Kouture, a benefit party with wine tastings, a silent auction and fashion displays by Philadelphia designers.
Accompanying a performance of Aftershock, Philadelphia fashion designers like Bela Shehu, Victoria Wright, Jovan O’Connor and Terese Brown will dress the Koresh dancers in original designs for the reception.
Tickets to Koresh Kouture are $125 for general admission and $100 for young patrons (ages 21-35), with all proceeds going to support Koresh Dance Company.
Tickets for Aftershock, starting at just $25 for students, are available online, so jump on plans to catch one of the performances now and don’t miss a single leap.