Philadanco brings it home for a sign of the times performance

Antionette Lee
November 18, 2018 - 12:05 pm
Philadanco made a stop at the Kimmel Center.

Antionette Lee / KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For nearly 50 years, Philadanco has held an internationally recognized legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides through providing opportunities to dancers of color. The contemporary dance company rarely performs in its hometown, but this weekend it made a stop at the Kimmel Center. 

The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) has reared star talent such as Leslie Odom (Hamilton), Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball, Precious, The Butler), and Philadelphia's own Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. 

Many like Victoria Brown say it was a long anticipated opportunity to see them perform. 

"Every year I said I'm going to see Philadanco and I won tickets! I'm just as happy," said Brown.  

Without spoiling the show, founder Joan Myers Brown says choreographers Christopher Huggins and Milton Myers garnered something old and new into a provocative show that's reflective of the times we live in.

"The younger choreographers are talking about what's now and what's important, not just about entertainment. We've gotta let our youngsters know that art creates change," said the founder.  

Dennis Dumpson says it was well received by the audience.

"That was like, such a great empowering statement. So, when artists are able to do that and kinda translate into life, it makes a lot of sense," he said.   

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