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.
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