Performance Garage 2018 Gala

Our annual Gala features a cocktail party, performances, and a dessert reception honoring the future of the Performance Garage.


Bruce McCormick

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, Dr. RJ Wallner DanceVisions Resident Artist

Rosita Adamo & Victor Lewis Jr. of Philadanco

Gwendolyn Bye Dance Studio's Dunham Technique Class

Performance Garage 2018 Gala

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet photo by Frank Bicking

2018 Gala Program

2018 Gala Program

2018 Gala Program
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HUMAN by Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet

HUMAN by Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet

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One Man's Voice by Bruce McCormick

One Man's Voice by Bruce McCormick

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Excerpt from Folded Prism by Thang Dao

Excerpt from Folded Prism by Thang Dao

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About the Performers


© Joseph V. Labolito

Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet is Gibson is an American, female choreographer evolving ballet for the 21st century. Gibson is interested in the beauty of the natural world, as evidenced in mathematics and science, and in working across disciplines to expand ballet's reach. Gibson trained at Baltimore School for the Arts, Chautauqua, and NCSA, and earned a BFA from Tisch, at NYU. In addition to performing in the genres of ballet and contemporary dance in MD, D.C., and NY, Gibson was selected to work from 2010-2013 with Lucinda Childs to perform various iconic 70s works as part of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage's Virtual Reconstruction project. Gibson has been invited as a resident artist in the US and abroad, including the nEW Festival in Philadelphia (2009-10), the CEC New Edge Residency (2009-10), the Ellen Forman Memorial Award (2011), the PHL/Poland Artist Exchange Residency (2012), the Choreographers on Campus Residency, funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2014), Diepenheim Werkplaats (2016), and Kaatsbaan (2017). Gibson’s choreography has been presented by New Dance Alliance at Joyce SOHO, at Dance Place in Washington DC, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and The Williams Center for the Arts. Her choreography was featured in Transfixion Films’ Dark White, presented at the 2015 Triskellion Dance Film Lab in Brooklyn, NY. Gibson’s work has received consistent critical acclaim, heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "the most authoritative work in Philadelphia. . ." Gibson's work has been commissioned regularly by universities such as Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Georgian Court University, and University of the Arts. Gibson is also a teacher, and has taught ballet and composition in the US and abroad, including Temple University, University of the Arts, the Zawirowania Festival, and many other institutions.

The Performance Garage is proud to support a premiere by Nora Gibson, the 2018 Dr. RJ Wallner DanceVisions Resident Artist. This residency program, designed by Jeanne Ruddy, aims to support a Philadelphia dance artist who exhibits exceptional talent.

Generously supported by Dr. RJ Wallner

Bruce McCormick earned his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School (where he studied with Jeanne Ruddy) under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and his M.F.A. from the University of Washington, where he has found his home as an assistant professor in its Department of Dance. Originally from New Jersey, he trained with the Vineland Regional Dance Company and the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, spending summers at the School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet and as a private student of Maestro Héctor Zaraspe in Argentina and Ecuador. He performed in twelve countries on four continents as a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Bavarian State Ballet, and the Bern Ballet, where he was a soloist and ballet master. He also served as the assistant artistic director of North Netherlands Dance and a guest rehearsal director with Ballet BC. Throughout his career, he danced works by many choreographers including George Balanchine, Stijn Celis, John Cranko, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jacopo Godani, Jiří Kylián, José Limón, Susan Marshall, Cathy Marston, Ohad Naharin, Marius Petipa, Twyla Tharp, and Doug Varone. In addition, he assisted choreographers Karole Armitage, Roy Assaf, Stijn Celis, Itzik Galili, Emanuel Gat, Emily Molnar, Andrea Miller, Stephen Shropshire and Medhi Walerski, among others. McCormick has presented his own work in various venues throughout the Americas and Europe, and has worked as a guest teacher with several companies. He also choreographed the opera Eugene Onegin for the Stadttheater Bern and restaged Stijn Celis’s choreography for The Merry Widow for the Royal Danish Opera. His most recent festival credits include Against the Grain/Men in Dance, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and the ITS Festival in Amsterdam.

Rosita Adamo was born in Managua, Nicaragua and grew up in North Carolina where she began her dance training at Bounds Dance Studio at the early age of five. A graduate from the Carolina Friends High School, Rosita also studied at The American Ballet Theater, The Julliard School, The Dance Theater of Harlem, where she was a scholarship recipient, and at The Ailey School as a certificate student. For eight years, Ms. Adamo danced with the Triangle Youth Ballet and performed with the Joffrey Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Long Leaf Opera. Ms. Adamo has performed works by Mia Michaels, Elie Lezar, Francesca Harper, and Dwight Rhoden. Additionally, she performed with Ailey II for two years.

Victor Lewis Jr. began his dance training in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of 13 he joined the dance ministry at Faithful Central Bible Church, under the direction of Ariyan Johnson. His other training derives from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Victor graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in modern dance. He has performed with Eleone Dance Theatre, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Dance Del Bello, Dissonance Dance Theatre, Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre, and the Philadelphia touring company Illstyle & Peace Productions. He has also traveled internationally to teach dance and has worked with artists such as Keke Palmer, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, and Laura Mvula, and choreographers Anthony Burrell, Chuck Maldonado, and more

2018 Gala  Photos:

Performance Garage Board Members, Susan Fazio, Dr. Bob Wallner, Toni Jelinek, Victor Keen, Jeanne Ruddy, Tanya Shields, Millie Lane Berg, and Tania Attanasio © Joseph V. Labolito


Elizabeth Osbourne, Carole Saline, & Barbara Tiffany © Joseph V. Labolito

Melissa Cameron & Judy Williams © Joseph V. Labolito


Alexei & Elena Borovik © Joseph V. Labolito


Bill Greenlee & Victor Keen © Joseph V. Labolito


Gerry & Cookie Riesenbach © Joseph V. Labolito

Connie & Sam Katz © Joseph V. Labolito

Michael Delbene & Gunnar Montana © Joseph V. Labolito

Michael Coleman, Bill Valerio, Jeanne Ruddy, Glen Sacks, Barbara Tiffany © Joseph V. Labolito

Performance Garage's newest Board Members, Anna Adams-Sarthou, Susan Fazio, Toni Jelinek © Joseph V. Labolito

2018 Gala  Sponsors:

In-Kind Support:


Gala Committee

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

Councilman Bill Greenlee

Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee

Event Details
6:00pm Reception
@ Bethany Mission Gallery
1527 Brandywine Street

Featuring a cocktail hour, passed hors d'ouevres, cudites, and carving station by Chef's Table

7:45pm Performances
@ Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street

8:30 Dessert Reception
@ Performance Garage

Gala Committee

Barbara Adams

Anna Adams-Sarthou*

Tania* and Joe Attanasio

Floss Barber and Robert Angevine

Millie Lane Berg*

Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz

Ellen Singer Coleman and

     Michael Coleman     

Wendy and Gregory Gosfield

Carol and Raymond Lawrence

Susan Lewis and Joseph Kluger

Michael Lillys

Peggy and Scott Reynolds

Carrie Rickey and Paul Levy

Jeanne Ruddy* and Victor Keen*

Carol Saline and Paul Rathblott

Tanya* and Pierce Shields

Babette and Harvey Snyder

Barbara and Robert Tiffany

Michele and John Vernon

Kathleen Vick and Stephen Stack

Joan and Al Wachlin

Dr. RJ Wallner

Richard Witt

*Performance Garage Board Member