NextMove Dance and Annenberg Center Live

“NextMove Dance is thrilled to return to the Annenberg Center where new leadership has made a major commitment to support and sustain a full season of dance next year and for years to come,”
– Randy Swartz, Artistic Director
NextMove Dance.

This new co-presenting partnership will consolidate contemporary dance presentations under one roof at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.  Beginning next season, Annenberg Live and NextMove Dance will present 11 dance companies in multiple performances, a Student Discovery Series and a number of outreach activities.

Christopher Gruits, the new executive and artistic director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, is “…thrilled to welcome NextMove Dance back home to the Annenberg Center.  Our new partnership, based on 30 years of successful co-presentations, will once again bring a full season of the finest dance ensembles to our Philadelphia audiences.”

2018 – 2019 Season




Union Tanguera + Kate Weare Company  |  April 5-6

Contemporary dance meets Argentine tango in Sin Salida, a full-length work by award-winning choreographer Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno of the French/Argentinean tango troupe, Union Tanguera. With live music by Argentinean composer Gustavo Beytelmann, this riveting and sensual work explores the stark contrast of the tango coupling versus the individual focus in modern dance, posing the question: do we need others to perceive and understand ourselves? Don’t miss this unique cross-pollination of disciplines, cultures and values performed by two incredible dance companies.

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Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers |  April 12-13

Hailed for its superbly trained dancers and inventive choreography, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers’ artistry is a hybrid of Asian philosophies and Western culture infused with a fearless physicality that resonates with the soul. Lush works of poetic sensibility, “Lin’s dances, simultaneously abstract and specific, create and inhabit worlds of their own” (The New York Times). Don’t miss KYL/D in its Annenberg Center debut!

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BODYTRAFFIC |  April 26-27

Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC is “known for its versatility, bringing vivid theatricality to a range of provocative works commissioned from some of today’s most dynamic choreographers.” (The Boston Globe) Blending contemporary, hip hop, jazz and ballet, this troupe will perform a program of Philadelphia premieres including A Million Voices, a work set to Peggy Lee classics by Pennsylvania Ballet resident choreographer and BalletX co-founder, Matthew Neenan.

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Parsons Dance |  May 10-11 

Parsons Dance “is a ‘dance your heart out’ (at all times, no excuses) kind of enterprise” (The New York Times). Known for remarkable athleticism and impressive ensemble work, this celebrated troupe delivers bold, exuberant and joyous contemporary dance. Welcome this audience favorite back to Philadelphia for new works alongside the beloved stroboscopic masterpiece, Caught.

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*All programs, artists and prices are subject to change.


Funding for the 2018-2019 season is provided by: