Friday-Saturday, December 3- 4, 8pm
$25 | 20% off for Crush Card Holders
“Under poems and manifestos, Anderson’s dancers exploded in mesmerizing and virtuosic patterns that fused classical tribal African dance with post-vogue club b-boy expressionism.
– Lewis Whittington, Ballet~dance magazine
Award winning science fiction meets high powered dance theater…
the Painted Bride Art Center presents the Philadelphia premiere of Charles O. Anderson’s Dance Theater X in World Headquarters. As humanity enters the age of the apocalypse, witness a sci-fi kinetic “survival of the fittest” tale. Follow the quest of a small group of survivors led by a wise new-age sage. Can they collectively seek the inner strength to light-up the darkness? Don’t miss World Headquarters – a new dance work Seattle Times exclaims, “can take your breath away with its ferocity and athleticism.”
Co-commissioned by the Bride, created by Philadelphia based dancer-choreographer Charles O. Anderson (Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch), and inspired by Octavia Butler’s popular novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.
Master Class with Choreographer Charles O. Anderson
Saturday, December 4 | 11am – 1pm $10
Discover and release your inner mojo alongside Dance Theater X founder Charles O. Anderson as he guides a movement class focused on the fusion of Afro-contemporary dance styles. Advanced students of dance seeking to become more aware and align with their strength and stamina learn to stretch their personal and cultural limits. The class features a variety of music elements from West African drumming to urban beats and rhythms of today. Later in the session, participants are given the opportunity to learn the choreography featured in Anderson’s new work World Headquarters.
“World Headquarters” is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by Painted Bride Art Center in partnership with Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and NPN. For more information: www.npnweb.org.