Joyce Theater

Backhausdance

Backhausdance, formed in 2003 by Jennifer Backhaus, is a powerful and entertaining voice in the dance world. The company’s repertory offers an eclectic and dynamic vocabulary with a wonderful sense of fluidity and strength. Featuring a diverse body of work that is innovative and visually appealing, Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company is the recipient of numerous awards for achievements in choreography, design and performance, helping propel them to the forefront of Southern California contemporary dance. The repertory includes powerful, athletic dances; emotionally charged dramatic pieces; and whimsical, humorous glimpses at the human experience.

Halau o Kekuhi

Hālau o Kekuhi is the 'hālau hula' (classical dance company) and the center of cultural knowledge for Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation, which represents the lineage of one of the founders of the 1970s Hawaiian Renaissance that brought Hawaiian culture back into the active life of the Islands.. The cultural beliefs and practices in which the Foundation is anchored radiates from the traditional practices of the hālau that can account for eight generations of kumu hula. Hālau o Kekuhi is celebrated for its mastery of the ʻaihaʻa style of hula (dance) and 'oli' (chant). The ʻaihaʻa is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano personae Pele and Hiʻiaka, characteristic of Hawai‘i Islandʻs creative forces.

PHILADANCO!

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!) is a nonprofit organization that presents the highest quality of professional dance performance and cultivates the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in a nurturing environment, while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities. Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO! is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance.