Onstage: Koresh Dance Company

At heart, dance is all about expression, and Ronen “Roni” Koresh gets it. Over two decades, his jazz-infused yet modern Koresh Dance Company has earned a reputation for delivering powerhouse

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t heart, dance is all about expression, and Ronen “Roni” Koresh gets it. Over two decades, his jazz-infused yet modern Koresh Dance Company has earned a reputation for delivering powerhouse performances to sold-out venues nationally and abroad. For the first time in three years, the Philadelphia-based ensemble returns to the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater this weekend, kicking off Contemporary Dance Theater’s 2011-2012 Guest Artist Series.

Artistic Director Koresh, an Israeli native who immigrated to the U.S. in 1983, speaks eloquently about dance as language, using rich metaphors and underscoring the importance of arts for connecting people. 

For the pair of local performances, the company will present Koresh’s new evening-length work, Sense of Human. But don’t think of it as “evening-length.” Why not?

“Because people are frightened,” Koresh says. “They think they’re going to see a movie.” 

Koresh Dance Company performs at the Aronoff Center Friday and Saturday. Read Julie Mullins' full interview here.