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Reviewed September 23, 2012
What You'll Get
Dancing is the second-best way to let the body do the talking, just short of being born with a mouth in your bellybutton. Watch pros speak from the feet with this deal to see Dynamic Women of Dance at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. For $13, you get one ticket for rear-orchestra seating (up to a $37 value, including ticketing fees). Choose between the following shows:
- Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m.<p>
In Dynamic Women of Dance, renowned female choreographers unite to dazzle audiences with a stylistically diverse exhibition of kinetic beauty. Powerful legs soar through an enormous repertoire of footwork, from fluid leaps to more unconventional moves such as collapsing conga lines and staccato character walks. Behind the visual tapestry, Sidra Bell and Camille A. Brown take a reprieve from helming their own eponymous companies, weaving their backgrounds of sensual, often fantastical, choreography and ancestral storytelling into the collective. Kiesha Lalama culls from time spent on Broadway and as a gymnast to infuse her moves with athletic prowess, whether it be flinging a fellow dancer across the stage or hurling a pointe shoe at a texting audience member. Kim Bears-Bailey, a former principal dancer at The Philadelphia Dance Company, rounds out the ensemble. The August Wilson Center resident dance ensemble, named as one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2012, help realize the impresarios’ creations, bringing their inimitable energy to the stage and warning visitors about the feral stagehands nesting in the wings.
The choreographers’ work will grace the stage inside the sleek, modern August Wilson Center. Though having only recently celebrated its second birthday, the center’s two-story steel-and-glass sail juts into the night sky with the confidence of a toddler who just lassoed his first neighborhood cat.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10 per person. Performance contains adult content. Must show valid ID matching name on voucher at August Wilson Center box office. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which will be provided to August Wilson Center. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects August Wilson Center for African American Culture's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Though having only recently celebrated its second birthday, the August Wilson Center commands a striking architectural confidence. Its two-story steel-and-glass sail juts into the night sky with the bravado of a toddler who just lassoed his first neighborhood cat. Within the steal and glass, a 486-seat theater hosts plays, dance performances, and lectures while multiple exhibition galleries display art and cultural treasures for the community. The center draws on the legacy and culture of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania, infusing each curation with a celebration of rich history.