Archive for April 29th, 2010

Compagnie Jant-Bi

Sun Dance

West African dancers in Compagnie Jant-Bi (the sun) bring the power of Senegal to Gammage

By Merilyn Jackson Thursday, Apr 5 2001

When German expressionist choreographer Susanne Linke visited Senegal in 1998, her collaboration with the men of Compagnie Jant-Bi produced Le Coq est Mort(The Cock Is Dead). And this Euro-African dance theater production, coming to Gammage Auditorium on Wednesday, April 11, is a 70-minute tour de force worth crowing about.


The Pound of Music

The Pound of Music

STOMP motion comes to the Orpheum

By Merilyn Jackson Thursday, Jun 14 2001

Audiences for STOMP, the dance and percussion spectacle that swept the globe in the 1990s, range in age from toddler to octogenarian.

It’s no accident these hooligans of dance have such broad appeal. Before STOMP, there was stomp from A to Z: Appalachian Stomp, Kansas City Stomp, Louis Armstrong‘s Mahogany Hall Stomp, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown‘s Okie Dokie Stomp, and Zydeco Stomp. I can still do the DovellsBristol Stomp — the rage for pre-Beatlemania teens. By the time STOMP, the phenom, arrived, the stomp concept was stamped on our collective consciousness like an S.O.S. laid out in gunpowder on a beach.


Work or W(h)ine?

The Philadelphia Inquirer has just been sold. I may be out of a job soon, but I just did a rum run to Delaware and came home with with a Bordeaux Rose, Chateau de Cornemps, an  Abbyville Fume Blanc from Napa Valley and a Vin Gris de Cigare, from Bonny Doon vineyards, all in the $10-12 range. If you don’t know whether I’ll still be working perhaps you can tell me which of these I should drink first?


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