Koresh Dance Company

Koresh Dance Company is celebrating 30 years! Artistic Director Ronen ‘Roni’ Koresh will present a celebratory program that combines the world premiere of TikVAH and highlights from the past, October 21-24 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. After a period of darkness for the performing arts industry, Koresh is thrilled to retake the stage and celebrate the Company’s longevity as a cornerstone in Philadelphia’s cultural community.

The Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, the company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country. Koresh has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Roni has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained. The company also presents work by guest choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, and Paul Selwyn Norton. To learn more visit koreshdance.org/

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TikVAH, created in a time of pandemic, examines the themes of perseverance and innovation. TikVAH taken from “Petah Tikvah”, the city in Israel where Roni Koresh was born, means “opening for hope” in Hebrew. The work presents new ideas in deriving movement and inspiration for choreography as the company enters its 4th decade of creating new work.  The concept is simple – after 30 years can each dancer continue to grow and feed the company’s aesthetic, while honoring past influences?  The goal – to create a work that includes a diversity of movement, craft and inspiration.
With this in mind, Mr. Koresh invited esteemed dance artists Yin Yue, Artistic Director of YY Dance Company and Raphael Xavier, Philadelphia-based choreographer and alumnus of Rennie Harris Puremovement, to the artistic process through a series of workshops and discussions. This collaboration sparked the creation of TikVAH.
Koresh also brings back beloved works from the first 30 years. A reminder of the where the company started and its journey to develop the “Koresh Style”. Roni infuses the clarity of the past with the uncertainty of the future emerging from pandemic and shaping the next 30 years (and beyond!).  A constant alliance of the inherent need to foster the new Good Old Days!
The creation of TikVAH has been made possible by the generosity of the Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.