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The Weekender: PA Ballet’s Forsythe and Kylian, Martha Graham Cracker, your dad, and other sources of inspiration

Posted June 13th, 2013
Dancers Ian Hussey & Amy Aldridge

Dancers Ian Hussey & Amy Aldridge in Artifact Suite

The Pennsylvania Ballet  premieres a set of absolutely stunning contemporary ballets, Forsythe & Kylián starting June 13th and running through the 16th at The Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street (at Locust), prices ranging from $20 to $125. One of the world’s foremost choreographers, William Forsythe creates precisely angular mechanics wrapped up in gripping physicality and arresting simplicity in Artifact Suite. Czech-born choreographer Jiří Kylián illustrates a somber kinetic masterpiece with Forgotten Land. Finally, Matthew Neenan, choreographer in residence, presents his intimate, youthful 14th commission, Forgotten Land.Try before you buy: check out this teaser! (TIX)

Martha Graham Cracker

Martha Graham Cracker

Come see the enormous, hairy-armed woman who gave me my first lap dance, Martha Graham Cracker, perform this Thursday night at L’etage at 8pm. For a fee of just $15, be enthralled by a riotous evening of post-illusionist drag cabaret complete with an accompanying live band, opening set by Philly Gayborhood comedian Alejandro Morales, and a guest appearance by Typhoon Sugarpants. Ages 21+ only!

Spend Saturday, June 15th, at the outdoor crafts market on the Porch at 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street. Browse handmade jewelry, prints, clothing, candles, ceramics, woodwork, stationary, children’s gifts and more items inexplicably adorn with birds than you can imagine, all day from 11am to 4pm. That’s right 30th Street Station is getting in on that crafts fair thing. (VENDORS)

Alie & the Brigade (formerly known as Movement Brigade) will perform live interactive choral dance in celebration of the Schuykill, INVISIBLRIVER, at 8pm this Sunday, June 16th, and again on the 23rd.An ensemble of ten will perform Elliot Harvey’s compositions,while leading audience members on the Schuylkill River Trail as choreographed by Alie Vidich. Anyone interested should meet at the parking lot next to the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse, 2200 Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park. The event is completely free and age inclusive. PhiladelphiaDANCE Journal wrote about the sure to be dance spectacle here.

 

Paul DeLaurier, Dan Kern in Heroes

Paul DeLaurier, Dan Kern in Heroes

Lantern Theater Company  has extended its run until June 16th of Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of the French play Heroes showing at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th & Ludlow Street. Winner of London’s Oliver Award for Best New Comedy, the play tails Mal Whyte, Dan Kern, and Peter DeLaurier as war heroes Gustave, Phillippe, and Henri as they plot their escape to Indochina or a picnic under a poplar tree (still undecided) from dictatorial captors, untrustworthy fellow prisoners, and far too many birthday parties. Bring someone’s dad on Sunday! He’ll get in for $10. (TIX)

–Maya Beale

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