“LA danse”

2019 Home Season

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Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm

Friday, April 26, 8pm

Saturday, April 27, 8pm

*Sunday, April 28, 6-10pm

*Koresh Kouture Gala event with a performance at 6:30pm 

Suzanne Roberts Theater on 480 S. Broad Street

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Koresh Kouture: A High-Fashion Performance & Gala

Koresh Kouture will take place on Sunday, April 28, 6-10pm at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The evening presents Koresh Dance Company’s world premiere performance of “La Danse” paired with an elegant reception. The reception will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, a selection of beer sponsored by YARDS Brewing Company and a vodka and gin tasting sponsored by Philadelphia Distilling. We are also pleased to be partnering with the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator who will be dressing our dancers in today’s hottest fashions.

Sponsors for this years event include:



Outreach Program


On Monday, April 8th, 350 students from the eight elementary schools that partner with the Koresh Kids Dance education and outreach program will attend a field trip held by Koresh Dance Company at G.W. Child's Elementary.

The attending students will be 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students from (Insert number of classrooms) from Cayuga School, G.W. Childs Elementary, F.S. Edmonds Elementary, Lewis Elkins Elementary, McCall Elementary, Andrew Jackson, Robert Morris Elementary, and George Sharswood School. These students are regular participants in the Koresh Kids Dance outreach program. KKD brings creative movement education into Philadelphia public school classrooms every week under the direction of Director Teresa VanDenend Sorge and her associate instructors. This is the fifth year that Koresh Dance Company has invited the Koresh Kids Dance students to see contemporary dance in its element: onstage with full theatrical sound and lighting.  The field trip also gives an opportunity for the elementary-school audience to learn dance movements, and to ask the Company dancers questions from their seats.

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Roni’s Inspiration

This painting has a unique history as the image of “five in the nude in a circle “actually appeared in three different paintings. The first time this circle appears as a small image in the distance as part of a larger painting of five woman called “the joy of life”. Later Matisse brought this image from the background and painted it alone in a work entitled “La Danse” (the dance) depicting the circle as all women. 

Years later Matisse was commissioned to paint “five in the nude in a circle” again in what became the most iconic of the series. In this version of
“La Danse” Matisse changed the color of the dancing bodies from nude to red and included both men and women in this circle. 

I found the latest version to be most impactful to me.This particular painting was hung in my home ever since I was a child. At a young age I admired it, but never really explored the hidden meaning behind it. As an adult and a choreographer I started to investigate the reasons why I am so fascinated by this image. As an artist who constantly seeks inspiration, the evolution of this painting and Matisse’s choices in that development intrigues me.