Magazine article Dance Magazine

First DanceBoom! Conquers Philadelphia. (Presstime News)

Magazine article Dance Magazine

First DanceBoom! Conquers Philadelphia. (Presstime News)

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On a warm winter night in January, Nick Stuccio, impresario of the Philadelphia dance scene, stood in the marble gallery of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, modestly accepting recognition at a fund-raising dinner for a brand-new dance event. The posh scene might have seemed ordinary for ballet or opera fans. But the dinner was held on the first night of the inaugural DanceBoom!, an ambitious three-week performance series featuring independent, experimental dance curated by Stuccio and sponsored by Dance Advance, a Pew Charitable Trusts program that works to create a network for under-funded dancer/choreographers.

Many of the companies who performed for the first DanceBoom! are favorites at Stuccio's summer Philadelphia Fringe Festival, where cutting-edge dance and performance arts are the standard. But now, the dancers were about to face an audience in the Wilma Theater, which is better known for presenting great plays such as Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love.

In addition to some Wilma subscribers, notables from all sectors of the Philadelphia dance world turned out on opening night for a program called "Seven," featuring works by a half dozen and one of the area's most innovative choreographers. It was followed by four programs of work from six of the city's strongest independent companies, including Group Motion Company and Paule Turner's newly formed Court. "I wanted to showcase the wealth of dance in Philadelphia. There are so many companies and a great diversity of form here," Stuccio said. …

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