by the Palm Beach Post as "powerful
and bold" and "a
vibrant addition to the dance scene",
ContempraDANCE Theatre Company seamlessly
blends elements of classical and contemporary styles
with a jazzy, "street" verve
in bringing its captivating performances to local,
national and international audiences. The company's
eclectic repertoire employs original music, video
art, innovative lighting and set designs along with
new choreography for maximum audience impact.
ContempraDANCE Theatre originated in Florida and was later granted our non-profit status in Philadelphia in 2002. The Company’s original choreography is by Artistic Director and founder Gail Vartanian, as well as guest artists John Corsa (Momix, Dave Parsons Co. ) and European choreographer, Alassane Wat. The Company has toured Poland and performed at many prestigious festivals. Some highlights include:
• Florida Dance Festival in Tampa, Florida
• 2000 Feet World Dance Celebration in Philadelphia
• Delaware Dance Festival in Newark Delaware
• Philly Fringe Festival in Philadelphia
• International Gala Dance Festival in Finland
• Ladek Zdroj International Dance Festival in Poland
performances in Wroslow and Klodzko
ContempraDANCE Theatre Company's repertoire includes over
twenty works ranging from classical modern dance
to post-modern multi-media works. The company presents
a hilarious annual holiday dance spoof, "Philly-Nutt-Crak-Up" combining
hip hop, jazz, modern, ballet and comedy. In April
2006, the company received its first grant from
the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts premiering
a multi-media dance work, "Intersect" involving
live original music, video art, dancers and imaginative
lighting and set designs. Since then the company
has been honored with grants for new works including "TimeDance",
depicting dance, music and costumes through different
eras and "LifesCircle",
portraying the evolution of woman and celebration
of life. The company captivates audiences through
its artistic innovation and explosive performances
year-round, both locally and abroad. "Breathtakingly
brilliant choreography shines," Suburban Wayne Times.
Residency activities include master classes, lecture/demonstrations, weekly artist-in-residency programs, artist open rehearsals, pre and post-performance discussions and choreographic ensemble workshops.
Twice a year, ContempraDANCE Theatre Company sponsors the Youth Regional Dance Festival bringing various pre-professional student dance companies to the stage in a non-competitive atmosphere. The talented dancers perform in a professional venue throughout the Philadelphia and Main Line area.
Theatre Company is a non-profit organization and is based in Wayne, PA. If you would
like more information about our upcoming performances please contact the Company
office at 610.225.3007 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Full video footage is available upon request.
ContempraDANCE Theatre receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pa. Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pa. and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.