Arts

 Koresh Dance Company is looking to the world of fine arts for inspiration.

Thus, the world premiere of its production, “La Danse,” is an interpretation of Matisse’s masterpiece of the same name. It will be performed to an original musical composition by John Levis with poetry by Karl Mullen.

Roni Koresh, the company’s artistic director, said the iconic image of five nude dancers was always around — but when he began focusing on it, he found it inspiring.

There’s radical theater and then there’s Applied Mechanics.

The Philadelphia collective of bold young theater workers and performance artists has been making immersive and transformative work for a decade. That includes 10 audacious productions, a handful of parties and a reputation for combatting racism, homophobia, standard gender norms and misogyny.

This Saturday, all the blood, sweat and tears that members of Applied Mechanics have shed will be on display, complete with a birthday party and retrospective installation with which audiences can interact.

The filmmakers behind documentaries about gay icons like “I Am Divine,” “Tab Hunter Confidential” and “The Fabulous Allan Carr” are getting their ducks in a row for their latest project — a documentary about the film “Showgirls.” 

The 1995 film, written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven, is about an ambitious drifter and topless dancer who ruthlessly claws her way to the top of the Las Vegas entertainment scene. For all its hype and exhibition of flesh, it was a box-office bomb that hamstrung a lot of careers for those involved. It later found success as a cult classic and had a very profitable DVD release. 

Still, there aren’t too many people singing the film’s supposedly unsung praises. Perhaps we weren’t looking in the right places.

 A community holistic wellness center last week celebrated its relocation into the heart of the Gayborhood by opening its first art exhibition.

Emerge Wellness is a psychotherapy agency that focuses on gay-affirming approaches to mental health. In keeping with its holistic approach, Emerge offers treatments that go beyond the standard therapy sessions, such as massage and crystal therapy.

The exhibition features work by 10 Philadelphia-area artists, most of whom are LGBTQ. It explores the ideas of personal growth and self-actualization.

Mexico-born artist Ada Trillo had her first exhibition at the Rittenhouse area’s Twenty-Two Gallery in 2017. The inspiration came from her homeland: drug-addicted Mexican sex workers at the “intersection of sympathy, dignity, and hope.”

The black-and-white photographs lent each subject an elegance of line and an air of regality. Since that time, Trillo’s work has been included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

Two years later, with “Chasing Freedom: Migrant Caravan Portraits,” the Philadelphia-based Trillo moves her lens to the currency of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. Here, she continues to find love and dignity among the ruins; a sense of intimacy among the South and Central American refugees.

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