In Residence

Koresh Dance Company’s
World Premiere of Inner Sun

April 26- 29 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

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Mr. Koresh will present a world premiere with original compositions by John Levis and Karl Mullen. With the help of composer John Levis, Inner Sun will explore the parallel between the earth’s inner sun and that of the human body, the human spirit. The work further develops with multi-disciplinary artist Karl Mullen, whose spoken word provides a pulse to the movement of the dancers. No matter who we are, where we live, or our belief system, all of us have a heart that beats in our bodies and a human spirit that drives our journeys. This work celebrates the human body and spirit and the perfection of its design…it will make your soul soar! “It inspires awe, sometimes beyond the capacity of words to describe.” (The Dance Journal)

This work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Thursday April 26, 7:30pm
Friday April 27, 8pm
Saturday, April 28, 8pm
Sunday, April 29, 6-10pm*

*Koresh Kouture: a high-fashion performance & gala
Closing night Koresh Dance Company invites you to a world premiere performance of Inner Sun paired with an elegant reception. Enjoy a wine tasting, beer courtesy of YARDS Brewing Company, vodka & gin by Philadelphia Distilling,   hors d’oeuvres and displays by the city’s hottest fashion designers from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.
Doors open 6pm – Performance at 6:30pm – Reception to follow


Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S. Broad Street


Ronen Koresh

About Artistic Director Ronen Koresh

Ronen (Roni) Koresh was born and raised in Israel. He received early dance training from his mother, a folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition, and from teachers Alida Gera, Micha Deri, Nira Paz and Moshe Romano. Koresh joined Martha Graham’s Batsheva 2 Dance Company before enlisting for 3 years in the Israeli army. In 1983, he moved to New York to study with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He began performing with Shimon Braun’s Waves Jazz Dance Company in Philadelphia, and in 1991, founded Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia, followed by the Koresh School of Dance in 1993. Koresh has established a repertoire of over 60 works and develops 2 to 3 new works each year. These have included commissions for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Giordano Dane Chicago, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Spectrum Dance Theater, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, and Dance Celebration. Koresh has been on the faculty at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts since 1986, teaches master classes across the country, and participates in festivals including Jacob’s Pillow and the Northwest National Dance Project. Recipient of a Philadelphia dance community Rocky Award from FringeArts and Dance/USA Philadelphia, Koresh is an avid collaborator and supporter of emerging artists. His interdisciplinary works have been supported by multi-year fellowships and grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Koresh has recently set new and repertory works on the dancers of MADCO (commissioned for St. Louis’ New Dance Horizons series), Point Park University, Jacksonville University, East Carolina University, and Giordano Dance Chicago, as well as mentoring students at performing arts high schools across the country.

John Levis

John Levis

John Levis is a composer, pianist, and synthesist who has been involved with the Philadelphia dance community since 1971. A graduate of the University of the Arts, he has worked with Philadelphia schools and companies, including University of the Arts, where he is Accompanist Coordinator for the School of Dance. In 1995, he was commissioned by Dance Spotlight to compose and perform the musical score for two videos/DVDs on Lester Horton technique, created with staff and dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has composed ballet scores, including a score for Milton Myers as part of Philadanco’s 35th anniversary in 2004 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Levis continues to compose for dance, to work with independent film projects, and to compose instrumental compositions of all kinds. This is Levis’ 20th year on faculty at The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lives and works in Philadelphia. He has developed his own non-traditional approach to art making and materials, utilizing walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images. Karl Mullen also takes a highly original approach to music making – painting with sound. He avidly documents city and street sounds and transforms them in soundtracks for theater and contemporary dance companies. He is regularly commissioned by Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company, and has guest composed for Donald Bryd Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle.

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