Koresh Dance Company's Hometown Season


Philadelphia Home Season 

World Premiere of “Matters of the Heart” and “Inner Sun”
April 26- 29 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Koresh Dance Company will be premiering two new collaborations,

"Matters of the Heart” and “Inner Sun”, choreographed by Artistic Director, Roni Koresh.

With the help of composer John Levis, “Inner Sun” will explore the parallel between the earth's inner sun and that of the human body, the human spirit. “Matters of the Heart” is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funded collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist Karl Mullen, whose spoken word provides a pulse to the movement of the dancers. No matter who we are, where we live, or our belief system, all of us have a heart that beats in our bodies and a human spirit that drives our journeys. This work celebrates the human spirit and the perfection of its design... it will make your soul soar! "It inspires awe, sometimes beyond the capacity of words to describe." (The Dance Journal)


Thursday April 26, 7:30pm
Friday April 27, 8pm
Saturday, April 28, 8pm
Sunday, April 29, 6-10pm


Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S. Broad Street

*Koresh Kouture
Enjoy a Koresh Dance Company world premiere and a classy evening including food, drinks, and fashion displays by the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. 
Sunday,  April 29, 6-10pm
Suzanne Roberts Theatre

More details to come!!



About Artistic Director Ronen Koresh
Ronen (Roni) Koresh was born and raised in Israel. He received early dance training from his mother, a
folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition, and from teachers Alida Gera, Micha Deri, Nira Paz and Moshe
Romano. Koresh joined Martha Graham’s Batsheva 2 Dance Company before enlisting for 3 years in the
Israeli army. In 1983, he moved to New York to study with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He began
performing with Shimon Braun’s Waves Jazz Dance Company in Philadelphia, and in 1991, founded
Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia, followed by the Koresh School of Dance in 1993. Koresh has
established a repertoire of over 60 works and develops 2 to 3 new works each year. These have included
commissions for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Giordano Dane Chicago, GroundWorks
Dance Theatre, Las Vegas Contemporary, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Spectrum Dance Theater, the Cerritos
Center for the Performing Arts, and Dance Celebration. Koresh has been on the faculty at Philadelphia’s
University of the Arts since 1986, teaches master classes across the country, and participates in festivals
including Jacob’s Pillow and the Northwest National Dance Project. Recipient of a Philadelphia dance
community Rocky Award from FringeArts and Dance/USA Philadelphia, Koresh is an avid collaborator and
supporter of emerging artists. His interdisciplinary works have been supported by multi-year fellowships
and grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, the National
Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Koresh has recently set new and repertory works on the dancers of MADCO (commissioned for St. Louis’
New Dance Horizons series), Point Park University, Jacksonville University, East Carolina University, and
Giordano Dance Chicago, as well as mentoring students at performing arts high schools across the

John Levis
John Levis is a composer, pianist, and synthesist who has been involved with the Philadelphia dance
community since 1971. A graduate of the University of the Arts, he has worked with Philadelphia schools
and companies, including University of the Arts, where he is Accompanist Coordinator for the School of
Dance. In 1995, he was commissioned by Dance Spotlight to compose and perform the musical score for
two videos/DVDs on Lester Horton technique, created with staff and dancers from Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater. He has composed ballet scores, including a score for Milton Myers as part of Philadanco’s
35th anniversary in 2004 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Levis continues to compose for dance, to
work with independent film projects, and to compose instrumental compositions of all kinds. This is Levis’
20th year on faculty at The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

Karl Mullen
Karl Mullen, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lives and works in Philadelphia. He has developed his own
non-traditional approach to art making and materials, utilizing walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax
medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images. Karl Mullen also takes a highly original
approach to music making – painting with sound. He avidly documents city and street sounds and
transforms them in soundtracks for theater and contemporary dance companies. He is regularly commissioned by Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company, and has guest composed for Donald Bryd Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle.