Known for technical prowess, intense energy and broad stylistic range, Philadelphia-based modern dance ensemble Philadanco knows how to deliver diversity. And being a repertory company — one that performs works by various choreographers — has enabled them to work with some of the best in the business: the renowned Ronald K. Brown, who’s known for beautifully melding African and Modern dance styles, and acclaimed Hip Hop choreographer Rennie Harris, for instance.
This weekend, Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT) brings Philadanco’s powerhouse performers back to the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater, where they will perform four pieces from as many choreographers, including Brown and Harris.
Expect a broad range of accompanying music, too, from Otis Redding and Nina Simone to Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
CDT happens to be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Philadanco has been around for just more than that. Fittingly, Philadanco will perform works spanning decades, from the 1970s through a new recently commissioned piece from Harris, “Wake Up,” set to music from Fela Kuti. Expect brilliant alchemy from an exciting amalgamation of styles.
8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; tickets are $27-$32. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-621-ARTS, cincinnatiarts.org.
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