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Join us to get an insider look at new work being developed and commissioned by the 2018-19 Hearst Choreographers in Residence. Acclaimed choreographer Raphael Xavier hosts an informal showing of new dance works in progress.

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raphael xavier

Photo courtesy Raphael Xavier

Raphael Xavier is an award-winning artist originally from Wilmington, Delaware. A self taught Hip-Hop dancer and Breaking practitioner since 1983, Raphael has forged an exceptional approach to improvisation. Brenda Dixon Gottschild deemed Xavier a ‘fine movement technician.’ As an Innovative Movement Conceptualist he creates new ways to expand the vocabulary of the dance form. He draws not only upon the culture but also his equally important visual background as a Hip Hop magazine photographer and musical artist. His extensive research in the Breaking form has lead to the creation of Ground-Core, a Somatic dance technique that gives the practitioner a better understanding of the body within all dance forms. As an active alumnus of the world renown Hip Hop Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, his solo and ensemble choreographic dance works have been performed worldwide. Raphael is also a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship, a 2014 MacDowell Fellowship, and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently lives in Philadelphia.

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