September 21, 2012

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' by PHILADANCO


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Modern dance troupe PHILADANCO will perform Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance will be preceded by a pre-performance talk by founder Joan Myers Brown from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. in the Weis Center lobby.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "Founded by the inspiring Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO is a superb contemporary dance company based in Philadelphia.

"Their wide-reaching and high-performance repertoire illuminates their brilliant training and jaw-dropping athleticism. I think our audiences will simply adore the Weis Center program which includes a new piece by Rennie Harris and the fun-loving and playful 'Suite Otis'."

The program includes excerpts from four different works. "Suite Otis" is a ballet inspired by the genius of the late Otis Redding. "Wake Up" is a new ballet that premiered at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia this spring. Created by modern dance and hip-hop master Rennie Harris, it celebrates the indefinable qualities of hip-hop and what the dance form has meant to the African-American community.

"Gate Keepers" is a ballet piece for six dancers and symbolizes the dancers as soldiers walking toward heaven, searching for the wounded and looking out to make a safe haven for others to follow. In "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", a table is used to exchange energies, forces, characters, beliefs, and opinions.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62 and over, and $10 for children 18 and under and are available at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the box office at 570-577-1000.

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) presents high-quality professional dance performances that nurture the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers. Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance.

PHILADANCO was created in 1970 to address the lack of opportunities for minority dancers in the Delaware Valley. In the 43 years since then, PHILADANCO has advanced from a small community-based company to an internationally renowned institution, touring more than 12 countries, with a reputation for promoting new and emerging dance talent.

Dance Magazine says, "PHILADANCO'S dancers are a miracle of skill and energy ... The Company has built its success on the ability to do everything."

The Weis Center's presentation of PHILADANCO is sponsored in part by Susquehanna Life Magazine and was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The next event in the Weis Center's series, "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., is sold out. Patrons may come at 7:45 p.m. on the night of the performance in the event that seats are not claimed.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.facebook.com/WeisCenter or www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

Contact: Division of Communications
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