Opening Night July 27
As a preview of several short performances starring the festival’s featured artists, this is an ideal opportunity to get a glimpse of the variety of talent, including a solid dose of classic ballet with a closing performance by Pennsylvania Ballet doing George Balanchine’s Rubies.
International Evenings of Dance, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2
Here the variety of performances spans the globe with riveting classic ballet by Tiler Peck and New York City Ballet, Shantala Shivalingappa’s hypnotizing Indian Kuchipudi, a performance by famed Taiwanese dancer Fang-Yi Sheu and the jaw-dropping Memphis jookin’ of street dancer Lil Buck, almost guaranteed to have children instantly attempting to copy his liquid moves, as the man has an uncanny ability to transform his limbs into water and leap effortlessly into a series of back flips – captivating for viewers of all ages.
Dance for $20.14
Another high-energy sampler, this affordable evening brings some of the best spontaneous moments of the festival, including a taste of ballet, the theatrical performances of Philadelphia contemporary dance company BalletX and more Memphis jookin.’
Dance TV Aug. 9
If anyone in your family enjoys watching Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance it doesn’t get more exciting than bringing those same stars to life at Gerald Ford Amphitheater. Latin-style dance star Anna Trebunskaya, versatile ballet (plus tap, hip-hop, jazz, you name it) dancer Alex Wong, last summer’s charming and talented So You Think You Can Dance darling Amy Yakima and the show’s Season 10 winner Fik-Shun Stegall are all in the lineup.
Around town July 27-Aug. 9
To get even closer to festival stars, Lil Buck, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild will be among many dancing in the stree. Performances will be ongoing throughout the festival in front of Solaris. Buck has been known to wow the crowd with super human gymnastics, hand-walking and coaching of mass dance ensembles recruiting curious young spectators. There will also be a number of Village Vignettes, offering eye-level, condensed renditions of the hypnotizing stage performances.