by Alexandra Villarreal
Forget the mundane meetings and boring paperwork that typically sum up the goings-on at government buildings. From jazzy tunes to aerial loops, Philadelphia's City Hall is bursting with energy and verve at noon on Wednesdays this summer, running through Oct. 26.
Thanks to the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Philadelphians can enjoy a free noontime performance at City Hall on most Wednesdays through October with a series named Culture in the Courtyard. The first show took place on Wednesday, June 22, and featured feminist troupe Pasión y Arte Flamenco, a soulful all-female company that stresses women's empowerment through dance. While not all guests have been confirmed, Culture in the Courtyard has announced five other groups that will take the figurative stage to share their art with the community.
All performance dates can be found online; acts are still being lined up. Below is a taste of some of the acts definitely nailed down for the coming months.
On Aug. 24, Three Aksha Dance Company (Aug. 24) will explore Bharatanatyam, "Emotion/Music/Rhythm/Dance," the Indian dance technique inspired by a 2,000-year-old text, the Natya Shastra. Three Aksha Dance Company isn't quite so ancient: It was formed in 2003, under the careful eye of artistic director and choreographer Viji Rao.