Something new for Philadelphia

Posted on Mon, May. 17, 2010

With more than forty dances notched in Brooklyn-born choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s dancebelt, how is it we’ve not seen one in Philadelphia prior to last Friday night? Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has commissioned six dances by him in as many years and is the third company to perform his 1999 In Hidden Seconds since he made it for Spain’s Compania Nacional de Danza. They gave the work its Philadelphia premiere at the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater over the weekend.

Twenty international companies offer Fonte’s works, and it would be great if Pennsylvania Ballet had several. His work is too important to be unknown to Philadelphia ballet lovers who jumped to their feet at its close.

Posted on Sat, Apr. 17, 2010

By Merilyn Jackson

For The Inquirer

We often speak of Philadelphia treasures, and Joan Myers Brown has been one of the city’s most valuable assets for the last 40 years. Forty years!

As founder and artistic director of Philadanco – the Philadelphia Dance Company – her reach here and around the world has won her fond acclaim, including this year’s Philadelphia Award. Thursday’s 40th-anniversary opening performance at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater portended nothing but more smooth sailing for this helmswoman and her brilliant company.

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