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January 7, 2009
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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at 8 p.m. 


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 6, 2009Considered one of Philadelphia’s cultural treasures, the Philadelphia Dance Company, or PHILADANCO, has danced its way into the hearts of America with extraordinary technique, highly skilled dancers and an exciting repertory of classical and contemporary dance. Described by the Village Voice as “performers whose blazing physicality and commitment light up the stage,” PHILADANCO performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

This spectacular performance features selections by a number of contemporary choreographers whose works are staples in the company’s repertoire, including Gene Hill Sagan’s romantic ballet "Ritornello," set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by Christopher L. Huggins’ "From DAWN ‘til DUSK," accompanied by the music of Bobby McFerrin. The company also performs Milton Myers’ “Violin Concerto," a work inspired by the articulate movements of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto; as well as Huggins’ dramatic “Enemy Behind the Gates," which blends the company’s explosive dance prowess with the burning music of Steve Reich. “PHILADANCO’s dancers are a miracle of skill and energy...a company that can do more than just anything … it can represent the possibilities of human spirit through dance” (Dance Magazine)

Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO has made a significant impact on the dance world, and has become one of the most sought after modern dance companies in the world. As the cultural ambassador for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, the company’s artistic direction and renowned national and international guest choreographers have developed a reputation of producing a dance repertory with passion, power, skill and diversity. Throughout its 39 years, its stellar faculty has trained more than 4,500 dancers in a comprehensive program achieving the highest level of technical skills in dance and performance. PHILADANCO has traveled the globe, performing before sold-out audiences of all ages, races and cultural traditions; and has been praised for its innovative, energetic and exuberant performances by audiences and dance critics alike. “Sheer pleasure in dancing radiates from this modern dance troupe,” writes The New York Times.


The presentation of The Philadelphia Dance Company was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

Tickets for PHILADANCO are $42, $34, $21. Family Friendly!  All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.