2023 Annual Gala

We had a very successful Annual Performance Garage Gala honoring Anne Ewers. Thank you to many kind patrons and friends who were present. We shared the wide range and depth of our programs and because of your generous support we will be able to grow our 2024 YouthMoves program.

Our honoree, Anne Ewers, was deeply appreciative of your attendance and was generous in her positive remarks about the programs and services we provide to Philadelphia dance artists and beyond.

The following photos are highlights of the Gala concert program that included our YouthMoves students, our DanceVisions Resident Artist work by Weiwei Ma, the Philadelphia Ballet, and Philadanco.

Jeanne Ruddy, Executive Artistic Director, Victor Keen, Co-Founder, Anne Ewers, our Gala honoree
YouthMoves students
Philadanco - Choreographer Floyd McLean
Philadelphia Ballet - Choreographer Charles Askegard

Photos by Joe Labolito

Performance Garage presents
DanceVisions Resident Artist Weiwei Ma
World Premiere

May 19, 2023 | 7:30pm
May 20, 2023 | 2:00pm
May 20, 2023 | 7:30pm
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24 Solar Terms

Performance Garage's 2022-2023 DanceVisions Resident Artist, Weiwei Ma and her dancers premier 24 Solar Terms.

Weiwei Ma’s artistic practice, and goals of embracing traditional Chinese culture and exploring Eastern and Western art collisions and integrations impels her upcoming work 24 Solar Terms. 

“The goal of my work,” says Weiwei, “is not simply to impose American contemporary dance on Chinese bodies or vice versa, but to find a way to balance the technical and the artistic through my personal experiences and embody artistic values in my work. I combine traditional culture, contemporary views, traditional aesthetics, and contemporary bodies on the stage. Nowadays, choreography is not only about unique movement vocabularies and superb dancers. The alchemy involves aesthetics, drama, technology, physics, spirit, and culture. I’d like to make my piece go beyond physical boundaries to become a way of conveying my artistic philosophy.”

The title, 24 Solar Terms, refers to the Chinese solar calendar and corresponds to natural phenomena - seasonal changes - that cycle and change throughout the year. The system, created 2,800 years ago by the Chinese Empire to establish a time system and agricultural guide, was subsequently handed down from generation to generation and has become a timeframe used to underpin the daily routines of people’s lives.

Choreographer: Weiwei Ma

Performers: Robert Burden, Evalina Carbonell, Alexis Curiel, Weiwei Ma, Sophie Malin, Angelica Nieves-Merced, Keila Perez-Vega

Music: Jingzhe Wang

Costumes: Weiwei Ma


​Weiwei Ma is a Chinese dance artist, instructor, and choreographer, who started professional dance training at age eleven. She graduated from The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Arts with a BFA degree in choreography. Before coming to Philadelphia, Weiwei taught Chinese classical dance and choreography at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy from 2009 to 2013. Weiwei earned her MFA degree from Temple University in 2016. One of her works was selected for performance at Boyer College in 2015, which she represented at the 2016 ACDFA conference in Brockport, NY. Weiwei has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2013 and is the lead Chinese performer for KYL/D’s cultural programs. During the pandemic period, Weiwei has collaborated with Evalina (Wally) Carbonell to produce Blood in 2020 for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival; and another collaboration dance work of Dream Chapter in 2021.

Photos by Rob Li

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Roger Lee Dance Company presents COLORS

May 26, 2023 | 7:00pm
May 27, 2023 | 7:00pm

Roger Lee Dance Company presents Colors (the company's 17th concert series) is inspired by the colors yellow, green, blue, and black. Each family-friendly concert features new choreography by Founding Artistic Director Roger Lee, performances by dancers Roger Lee, Jasmine Newsome, and Ashley Coats and drummer Karen Smith, and an uplifting cast Q & A session. Learn more about the dance concert series at Dance Company Concerts - Roger Lee Arts. Ticket buyers also have free access to the pre-show event Roger Lee presents Colors: A Solo Painting Exhibition (his second solo painting exhibition) from 7 to 8 pm in the lobby of the venue. Learn more about the solo painting exhibition at Original Paintings - Roger Lee Arts.

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In the evenings and weekends at the Performance Garage, we are graced with the open Ballet instruction of Alexei Borovik and Alexei Charov. Also, there are Egyptian dance classes with Habiba, and company rehearsals with Kulu Mele, Chocolate Ballerina Company, and Project Moshen. There’s weekend Hatha Yoga classes with Yoga Habit.

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