Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
This high-spirited company that specializes in Ukrainian dance veers from its traditional course with a sneak peek at a new piece by acclaimed contemporary choreographer Mark Morris.
Sept. 14, Bryn Mawr College, brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html.
BalletFleming aims to entertain with Dancing in the Streets, featuring music from the late ’60s. This may have you boppin’ in your seat — and how often does that happen at a ballet performance?
Sept. 21 and 23, Painted Bride Art Center, balletfleming.org.
Legendary choreographer Lar Lubovitch creates lush lyrical works. This program includes a golden oldie, North Star, set to the music of Philip Glass, as well as Crisis Variations, a rare instance where this master ventures to the dark side.
Oct. 11-13, Annenberg Center, pennpresents.org.
Prepare to commune with nature on both large and intimate scales with Soto’s SoMoS, a grand finale to her intriguing explorations wherein dancers perform with tree branches.
Oct. 12, parking lot at Fifth and Huntingdon streets, meriansoto.com.
Laura Peterson Choreography
New York choreographer Peterson, known for intense, intricately designed works, premieres Failure, where dancers contend with a large geometric structure, the center of which ultimately cannot hold.
Oct. 19-20, Conwell Dance Theater, liacourascenter.com.
Germaine Ingram/Bobby Zankel/ John Dowell
Tap-dancer Ingram, composer/saxophonist Zankel and visual artist Dowell present Spirits Break to Freedom, a work-in-progress that wrestles with the complexity of early American slavery.
Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, Painted Bride, paintedbride.org.
Carbon Dance Theatre
CDT debuts Science per Forms, offering ruminations on the ever-blurring lines between our digital, virtual and real-world lives.
Oct. 25- 28, Christ Church, carbondancetheatre.org.
Philly’s first-rate contemporary-ballet company continues to expand its horizons with world premieres by Italy’s Mauro Astolfi and local experimentalist Kate Watson-Wallace, plus Switch Phase, a folksy work by co-artistic director Matthew Neenan.
Nov. 7-11, Wilma Theater, balletx.org.
Spellbound Dance Company
The elegant, exquisite ballet troupe from Italy makes its North American debut on the Annenberg stage. Word is they’re sexy, too.
Nov. 15-17, Annenberg Center, penn-presents.org.
A top pre-professional ballet training ground, the Rock School puts a revolutionary spin on a holiday favorite by setting ye olde Nutcracker in Philadelphia circa 1776. High culture for the whole family.
Dec. 1, Kimmel Center, kimmelcenter.org.
Come see the essence of Philadelphia attitude and élan, set in motion by a stellar corps of sharp versatile dancers.
Dec. 7-9, Kimmel Center, kimmelcenter.org.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Men in tutus perform seriously humorous dance that makes fun of beloved classic ballets. Even if you don’t know all the inside jokes, you can’t help but laugh at this shtick.
Dec. 13-15, Annenberg Center, penn-presents.org.
’Tis the season to bring on the joy with Balanchine’s Nutcracker, with a fabulous set, a classic story and the Philadelphia Boys Choir.
Dec. 8-30, Academy of Music, paballet.org.
Also in our Fall Arts Guide:
- A local teacher talks to Tony Danza about teaching in the city's public schools.
- Frank Furness designed PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building on North Broad in 1876.
- Fall Arts Guide: Rock/Pop
- Fall Arts Guide: Theater
- Fall Arts Guide: Visual Art
- Fall Arts Guide: Jazz
- Fall Arts Guide: Classical
- Fall Arts Guide: Roots