At the Freedom Theater in North Philly, Eleone Dance Theatre presented two separate programs this month, the second concert, The Soul of Philadelphia commemorated the 15th anniversary of the co-directorship of Shawn-Lamere Williams and Dr. Sheila Ward.
Payne Bradley's new suite of dances entitled Up in the Air appear to be her way of having a conversation with legendary, long dead choreographers. She speaks the language of classical ballet with fluency and a modern accent. There is also an elegance, a very American chic.
Up In The Air was born out of an idea for a photoshoot of dancers amid hot air balloons in Napa Valley, and further inspired by the work of artist Seán Patrick McArdle, who is creating a painted backdrop for the piece.