SHEBOYGAN — Recognized across the nation and around the globe for its superbly trained dancers and artistic integrity, Philadanco will be featured in two electrifying performances at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on February 19 and February 21.
With its breath-taking athleticism and dramatic choreography, Philadanco has earned critical acclaim. “The company style…is visceral—fierce and sensuous by turns—elegant and ingratiating,” said New York Magazine.
The Footlights Performance Series program at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, includes four exciting and varied works. Suite Otis is a ballet inspired by the genius of the late Otis Redding. This popular work offers playful interaction between the men and women while allowing the dancers to strut their stuff with sassy snaps, high kicks and swirling skirts. Wake Up, choreographed by modern dance and hip-hop master Rennie Harris, is a stirring new ballet celebrating the history of hip-hop and what the art form means to the communities that brought it to life.
Also on the program is Gatekeepers, a powerful piece that presents six dancers as soldiers walking toward heaven, searching for the wounded and trying to make a safe haven for others to follow. And, Nina Simone’s timeless vocal expressions are honored in choreographer Matthew Rushing’s new work, Moan.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Footlights Family Series performance offers a shorter program designed for audiences of all ages. It will include excerpts from Philadanco’s repertoire and opportunities to interact with the artists.
For more information about either Phildanco performance or tickets, call the Arts Center at (920) 458-6144 or visit www.jmkac.org. Tickets for the Family Series show start at $10. The Arts Center is located at 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan.
Prior to the Thursday performance, the ARTcafe will feature a special menu inspired by the regional cuisines of Philadelphia and Maryland.