With the melding of both companies performing various dance genres with mixed casts, the second annual “2 gether we Dance,” was a leap towards commonality and the embracing of difference.
A year ago, the second companies of Philadanco (D/2) and Pennsylvania Ballet (PB2) came together for a celebratory night of dancing in “2 gether we Dance.” My disappointment with last year’s show had very little to do with the dancing, but more to do with the fact that I felt the performance didn’t fully deliver the togetherness the title suggested. This was exacerbated by the joint answer “baby steps,” given by directors Donald T. Lunsford II (D/2) and Francis Veyette (PB2), to a question asked by an audience member as to whether or not consideration was given to having the dancers perform in a piece together.
On Wednesday, June 15th 2016, the lobby of the Painted Bride buzzed with excitement in anticipation of the second annual performance of “2 gether we Dance.” Perusing the single sheet program, I noticed this year’s format was different than last year’s—the pieces alternated on the program, breaking up the monotony of each company’s aesthetic.
I eagerly awaited the product of their “baby steps,” imagining the ways this collaboration could positively contribute to the fire-hot conversation of race, diversity, and inclusion in dance. Read more.