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KEIGWIN + COMPANY returns with four Philadelphia premieres

October 1, 2013

(Philadelphia, October 1, 2013)—Celebrating a decade of dance-making in 2013, KEIGWIN + COMPANY will perform four Philadelphia premieres including the cheeky Mattress Suite and the playful new work, Girls, set to a Frank Sinatra medley. Winner of the Joe Allaway Award for his choreography in the new Off-Broadway production of Rent, Artistic Director and choreographer Larry Keigwin’s work is recognized for its wit, theatrical sensibility and infusion of pop culture.

This production is part of Dance Celebration, presented by Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center. Performances take place at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street, on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 PM; Friday, November 22 at 8 PM* and Saturday, November 23 at 2 PM & 8 PM. Tickets are $20-$55 (prices are subject to change). For tickets or for more information, please visit AnnenbergCenter.org or call 215.898.3900. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office.

Love Songs (2006) is a series of playful duets that explore the various stages of love, set to music by Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Constructed in three parts, Love Songs showcases Keigwin’s innate ability to create duets that accurately portray the complex dynamics of relationships. As hailed by The New York Times, “Mr. Keigwin’s language, a rich mixture of gesture and invented movement, hovers between the abstract and the literal.”

Mattress Suite (2003), a signature Keigwin work, is comprised of six individual pieces performed as solos and duets. Set to music ranging from classical to contemporary, the choreography explores love, life and the search for self. Clad in white underwear, the dancers stay on and around a mattress which serves as a set, prop and focal point for choreographic exploration, drawing the audience into intimate scenarios.

Set to a pulsing electronic score, Triptych (2009) is an abstract full-ensemble work that’s based on classic photography triptychs. The piece explores concepts of duration, repetition and pattern while highlighting the technical prowess and unique personalities of each dancer. Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice exclaims, “One of Keigwin’s greatest gifts is for revealing the individuality of his champion dances. He lets you see them, he allows you to love them.”

The tongue-in-cheek piece Girls (2013) was created as a counterpart to Keigwin’s previous creation Boys (2012). Set to a Frank Sinatra medley, Girls features a trio of female dancers playfully weaving in and out of four different colored rain curtains. The choreography combines individual solo moments with intricate and challenging unison sections that radiate pure delight.

KEIGWIN + COMPANY made its Dance Celebration debut in 10/11 season with its full length work, Elements. Randy Swartz, Artistic Director of Dance Celebration, notes that “Larry Keigwin has established himself as a major new talent, and we are delighted to share work that has not been presented in Philadelphia.”

KEIGWIN + COMPANY was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin. The company creates and presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance. Since K+C’s premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created 29 dances, including the acclaimed large-scale community project, Bolero, which has been commissioned in seven communities across the country, and Runaway (2008), a fashion-inspired choreographic ride, proclaimed “a thrilling coup d’theater” by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair. K+C is celebrating their 10th Anniversary Season in 2013, which is generously supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Over the past decade, K+C has presented performances throughout NYC and nationwide at venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Summerdance Santa Barbara, New York City Center, The Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and many more.

INSIGHTS
*Post-show talk back
November 22
Ticket holders can stay after the performance for a talk back with the company.

In addition, KEIGWIN + COMPANY will conduct two outreach activities – a Student Discovery performance for schools on Friday, November 22 at 10:30 AM and a free master class for the dance community on Friday, November 22 at 1 PM. For information on outreach activities, contact annemarie@danceaffiliates.org or 215.636.9000 ext. 110.


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