Hot weather preview started yesterday and the city was in glorious bloom. On Rittenhouse Sq. it looked liked café society (the elan, if not the clothes). This is Equality Forum weekend, so GLBTQ&friends will be out in force for a swirl of citywide events capping off with SundayOUT at the Piazza where 250 gay couples are have a recommitment ceremony en masse. Dancing will most assuredly break out.
Also in dance, Mayor Nutter proclaimed Ohad Naharin day in Philly, the first time in memory that a choreographer was so honored. Ohad is a guest for the Koresh and Naharin are former members of the celebrated Batsheva Dance Company, founded in the 80s by Martha Graham. Ohad is now artistic director there and a much sought after choreographer. Last year he was awarded the Graham lifetime achievement award at the American Dance Festival.
At the Roberts Theater for his premiere with Koresh Dance, Ohad was greeted by his dancefans in Philly. He was here two years ago with Batsheva and many visiting companies in the US now perform his work.
Naharin’s Passamezzo was a rather sketchy work, a choreographic lark that didn’t rob attention from Koresh’s saga Sense of Human, a sprawling choreographic narrative about relationships, including an airy Mediterraneo beach romp this side of Truffaut