A busy dance calendar this spring includes a new Swan Lake from Angel Corella at Pennsylvania Ballet and performances by all of Philadelphia’s major companies. BalletX and Philadanco will both present the work of choreographers who have worked with Beyonce as Philadanco celebrates the works of its alumni and BalletX presents two new ballets.
Visiting companies include some of the best: Nai-Ni Chen, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, and MOMIX. American Repertory Ballet brings a Pride and Prejudice ballet to the Annenberg Center.
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (Feb. 15-18, Prince Theater). This stellar company from Canada is bringing in O Balcao de Amor, a Cuban-inspired dance by an Israeli choreographer, to open the NextMove Dance season. (215-422-4580, princetheater.org/next-move)
American Repertory Ballet (March 2-3, Annenberg Center). Jane Austen fans will be delighted by this ballet version of Pride and Prejudice, which premiered last year in Princeton. It’s as charming and witty as the novel. (215-898-3900, AnnenbergCenter.org)
BalletX (March 7-18, Wilma Theater). BalletX specializes in world premieres, and this season will feature two new ballets. Trey McIntyre’s piece arises out of his love for Motown, American Bandstand, and Soul Train. Darrell Grand Moultrie, who choreographed Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter World Tour, will bring a piece that celebrates the Latin and Afro Caribbean music of his native Spanish Harlem. Rounding out the program is Increasing, which Matthew Neenan premiered in 2014 at the Vail Dance Festival. (215-546-7824, balletx.org)
Pennsylvania Ballet (March 8-18, Academy of Music). Pennsylvania Ballet has been dancing Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagined Swan Lake since 2004. But artistic director Angel Corella prefers a more traditional version. So this season he continues his re-creations of the full-length story ballets by reworking the classic Petipa choreography. (215-893-1999, paballet.org)
Company Wang Ramirez (March 15-18, Prince Theater). French B-boy Sebastian Ramirez and Honji Wong, a classically trained Korean dancer, are a couple on stage and off. They will make their Philadelphia debut in the Bessie Award-winning Monchichi, part of the NextMove season. (215-422-4580, princetheater.org/next-move)
DanzAbierta (March 22-23, Annenberg Center). Part of the Annenberg Center’s three-week Cuba Festival, this Cuban contemporary dance company makes its Philadelphia debut with Maison, a full-length love letter to Havana with all its passions and conflicts. (215-898-3900, AnnenbergCenter.org)
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (March 22-24, Prince Theater). Kun-Yang Lin will celebrate his company’s 10th anniversary in Philadelphia (it was originally based in New York) with The Faith Project/The Door, a new dance that developed out of work with spiritual communities throughout the city. This very physical piece examines the relationship between religion and contemporary dance. (kyld.org)
Pennsylvania Ballet (April 5-8, Merriam Theater). The company is calling this repertory program “Grace and Grandeur,” and it features the second act of the classical Paquita, along with For Four (which Christopher Wheeldon created in 2006 for four very strong dancers, including Corella), and the Balanchine favorite Theme and Variations. (215-893-1999, paballet.org)
Philadanco (April 13-15, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center). Philadanco not only presents great dance but also has an impressive list of alumni still working in the dance world. The spring program will highlight the work of some of them, including Hope Boykin, now with Alvin Ailey, and Anthony Burell, who has worked with Beyonce and Mariah Carey. (215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org)
Nai-Ni Chen, with the Ahn Trio (April 19-22, Prince Theater). Chen is a favorite with New York audiences, visiting Philly as a NextMove presentation. Her work A Quest for Freedom traces her journey from Taiwan to the United States. Live music is a always a plus, and here it’s presented by the Ahn trio, Korean-born Juilliard alumni and sisters. (215-422-4580, princetheater.org/next-move)
Koresh Dance Company (April 26-29, Suzanne Roberts Theater). Artistic director Roni Koresh will premiere two new works. Matters of the Heart is a collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Karl Mullen, who will provide spoken word for the dance. Inner Sun examines the connection between the Earth and the human spirit. (215-985-0420, koreshdance.org)
Pennsylvania Ballet (May 10-13, Academy of Music). Corella and company wrap up their season with George Balanchine’s Jewels, a stunningly beautiful ballet involving three types of music, three jewels, and three places in the world where Balanchine lived. A perennial favorite. (215-893-1999, paballet.org)
MOMIX (May 10-13, Prince Theater). One of the most creative companies on the scene returns to Philadelphia with MOMIX’s Best Hits, including three Philadelphia premieres; Daddy Long Legs, Light Reins, and Paper View. A combination of illusions, costumes, lighting, props, and skill makes MOMIX wondrous. (215-422-4580, princetheater.org/next-move)
Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company (June 1-2, Performance Garage). Wrapping up the dance season, Mulgrew’s company premieres Strange Dreams, 30 Years Later, a full-length multimedia performance of dance, text, and projections. (215-462-7720, annemariemulgrewdancersco.org)