30+ Dynamic Dance Troupes Share The Stage For Koresh Dance Company’s Annual Come Together Dance Festival, July 22-26

Koresh Dance Company brings more than 30 dance troupes together for a dance festival this July at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
(Photo by Frank Bicking)

The Philadelphia performing arts scene thrives with creativity, and this city’s dance community deserves the spotlight.

An anchor of the local dance scene, Koresh Dance Company has served as one of Philly’s key companies since its founding in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh.

Next week, the dynamic contemporary Koresh troupe takes a break from touring the world to put Philadelphia’s dance scene squarely in the spotlight by curating its annual summer dance festival, returning for its third year July 22-26.

Come Together Dance Festival showcases 33 local choreographers and dance companies with five mixed-bill performances in four days at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts.

Dance aficionados will recognize many names from the curated group of performers set to participate — from the youngsters of Koresh Youth Ensemble to the renowned Rennie Harris Puremovement.

For the first time this year, the festival also brings in troupes hailing from beyond the region. Festivalgoers should look for 10 Hairy Legs (of Highlands Park, NJ), Ballet Inc. (New York, NY), and Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theatre (Seattle, WA).

A hugely diverse range of schools and styles will be on display, from traditional modern movement to hip-hop infused contemporary dance.

From the jam-packed lineup, other highlights include the phenomenal dancers of Philadanco, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Raphael Xavier, Kun-Yang/Lin Dancers, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble, Sharp Dance Company, idiosynCrazy productions, Project Moshen and so many more.

In addition to the performances, festival events open to the public include an opening night toast, talk-backs with artistic directors, dance workshops with visiting choreographers and a closing night happy hour.

For the complete festival schedule, including matinee and evening showtimes, check here.

Come Together Dance Festival

When: July 22-26; Performance times vary
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost: $25-$99

Brian Sanders' JUNK
Brian Sanders’ JUNK, a Philadelphia Fringe Festival favorite, will perform Wednesday and Sunday during the Come Together Dance Festival. (Photo by Bill Hebert)
Raphael Xavier
Hip hop artist, photographer and filmmaker Raphael Xavier has performed in both previous festivals, and returns in 2015 to perform Wednesday and Saturday during the Come Together Dance Festival. (Photo courtesy Raphael Xavier)



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