the joyce theater

Phildanco: Not Your Average Jewish Dance

Last night I went to Phildanco's performance at The Joyce and saw something I did not expect: a dance set to Steve Reich's "Tehillim."  Phildanco is one of America's premier contemporary dance companies, with a heavy African-American influence.  And "Tehillim" is Reich's iconic Jewish chorale. Not there's a necessary contradiction, hardly. But seeing the company's exceptional dancers shimmy to Reich gave me pause.

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