Center for the Arts Welcomes Philadelphia Dance Company

Posted: January 7, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Considered one of Philadelphia’s cultural treasures, the Philadelphia Dance Company, or Philadanco, has danced its way into the hearts of America with extraordinary technique, highly skilled dancers and an exciting repertory of classical and contemporary dance.

Philadanco will perform at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

This spectacular performance features selections by a number of contemporary choreographers whose works are staples in the company’s repertoire. Gene Hill Sagan’s romantic ballet “Ritornello” set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach will be followed by Christopher L. Huggins’ “From Dawn ‘til Dusk” accompanied by the music of Bobby McFerrin.

Photo © Lois Greenfield 2007

The company will also perform Milton Myers’ “Violin Concerto,” a work inspired by the articulate movements of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto; as well as Huggins’ dramatic “Enemy Behind the Gates,” which blends the company’s explosive dance prowess with the burning music of Steve Reich.

Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, Philadanco has made a significant impact on the dance world and has become one of the most sought-after modern dance companies in the world. Its stellar faculty has trained more than 4,500 dancers in a comprehensive program achieving the highest level of technical skills in dance and performance.

The Philadelphia Dance Company presentation was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

The Center for the Arts recognizes the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsors of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

Tickets are $42, $34 and $21; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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