XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…A great weekend for dance, a rare look at Korean treasures, and more!


shutupanddance-banner[1]The 22nd annual Shut Up and Dance is Saturday at the Forrest Theater, created by dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet to support MANNA, the non-profit that provides free medically correct meals to homebound people with serious illnesses.  The evening of original short works of dance is hosted by me with a free after party DJ’ed by XPN’s Robert Drake and is the main annual fundraiser for MANNA.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Treasures from Korea, the first ever full-scale American exhibition dedicated to the art of the Joseon Dynasty. The exhibition spans over 500 years of Korean history (1392-1910) and uses traditional art to explore the historical roles of king and court, the distinct spheres of men and women in society, religious beliefs, and the profound impact of Confucianism. Through May 26.

Meditation-AUMKun-Yang Lin/Dancers stage the world premier of Be/Longing: Light/Shadow Friday and Saturday at Drexel University’s Mandell Theatre. The 70-minute, multi-disciplinary piece with original music by Cory Neale explores rituals along the path from shadow to light and is a meditation on the journey from gravity to grace.

Peoples Light and Theatre Company presents Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice through March 30. Directed by Samantha Bellomo, the production uses Victorian dance as a means of exploring nuanced interpersonal relationships.

The Painted Bride Art Center presents The Clothesline Muse (Gallery Exhibit) through April 12. This multi-media exhibition includes art, images, artifacts and stories from The Clothesline Muse, a theatrical production that uses the symbol of the clothesline as a means of exploring the nature of community.

And there’s more…

The Slought Foundation presents an exhibition of the ‘lost’ paintings, prints and constructions of prolific Philadelphia artist James E. Brewton. Through April 26.

Isis Productions presents Accomplice through March 30. Winner of an Edgar Award for Best Play, Accomplice is the new thriller by Rupert Holmes, writer of the Tony-winning Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The Institute of Contemporary Art continues its 50th anniversary with the exhibition Ruffneck Constructivists, showcasing the work of eleven international artists that defines a contemporary manifesto of urban architecture and change.  Through August 17th.

Opera Philadelphia’s Opera from the Lab initiative offers a look into the creative process when two artistic teams each interpret the same opera scene Friday at FringeArts with a post-performance reception with the composers.



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