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PHILADANCO Premieres BLOOD, SWEAT and DANCE, 4/17-19

PHILADANCO Premieres BLOOD, SWEAT and DANCE, 4/17-19

Spring comes in leaps and bounds with the return of Philly's own modern dance company Philadanco performing Blood, Sweat, and Dance, Thursday -Saturday, April 17-19, 2014, at Perelman Theater. Known for their electrifying dance moves mixing energized modern dance with the elegance of classical ballet, Philadanco's new program highlights include the company premiere of "Bad Blood," a rarely performed piece by renowned choreographer Ulysses Dove; juxtaposed with the return of "Philadelphia Experiment" by Philly-native and world renowned hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris; the late Philadelphia choreographer Gene Hill Sagan's classic, "Suite en Bleu;" and acclaimed modern dance choreographer Donald Byrd's "Bamm."

"I'm always looking for work that challenges my dancers, and this is even more demanding because of the structure of the work," says Joan Myers Brown about the company's premiere of Dove's "Bad Blood." "It's about relationships, but a lot of the lifts are 'death-defying' and it requires the dancers to have the utmost trust in each other."

Joan Myers Brown, founder of Philadanco, is the recent recipient of the 2012 National Medal of the Arts award presented by President Obama, and the 2013 Dance USA Honor Award for extraordinary leadership and vision in Dance.

Beloved by audiences worldwide, Philadanco brings their passion and high-spirited movement to stages around the globe for 40 weeks each year. In 2015, Philadanco will tour the "James Brown: Get on the Good Foot" project in Europe for five weeks with performances scheduled in Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and the Netherlands (February-March 2015). This new work made its world premiere at the Apollo Theater in New York City (October 2014), and has been performed this season in Lafayette, Louisiana, where Philadanco stayed for a two-week residency, as well as at The Rialto Theater in Atlanta, Georgia and The Music Center's Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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