Dancer brings two premieres, fundraiser, to Philly

October 4, 2012

Philadelphia Gay News: Out dancer and world-renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch is celebrating his 50th year in the dance world — and will do so with a number of local events.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will perform Oct. 11-13 at The Annenberg Center. The performances will be part of Dance Celebration, sponsored by The Annenberg Center and Dance Affiliates.

Lubovitch also will take part in Annenberg’s Artists and Audiences Changing Lives program at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The talkback program will allow audience members to listen to a live chat about the intersection of HIV/AIDS and performance art with panelists Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way LGBT Community Center; Kevin Burns, executive director of ActionAIDS; and Philadelphia choreographer Brian Sanders.

Ten percent of proceeds will benefit ActionAIDS.

Despite his accomplishments in the dance world, Lubovitch’s life didn’t start with dance.

He attended the University of Iowa in 1960 as a freshman art major and gymnast — and left as a dancer.

“I discovered dance there, and it combined the two things that I loved the most and was good at — art and gymnastics,” Lubovitch said.

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