Cardell Dance Theater is a professional ensemble that gathers artists to create innovative and provocative dance performances.
Silvana Cardell founded the company in 1994, in Buenos Aires having Sala Ana Itelman, performing space sponsored by Instituto Nacional del Teatro as its headquarters. The company presented wok in Argentina,Uruguay, Brasil and USA , performing in major dance Festivals sponsored by Red Latinoamericana de Productores de Danza, Fundacion Antorchas, Institutao Nacional del Teatro and Secretaria de Cultura de la Nacion, among others. Relocated in Philadelphia in 2009 renamed as Cardell Dance Theater, basing its home at Mt Vernon Dance Space, the company presented work at the H. Prince Theater, the
Annenberg Center of the performing Arts, Georgian Court University, Mt Vernon Dance Space, and most recently at Falls Bridge -Philly PARD and New Dance House, New Festival. Most recent performance Pew awarded performance project Supper, people on the move was presented at the Ice Box in the Crane Arts building and Independence Mall, Philadelphia.
Silvana Cardell is an award winning choreographer, dancer and educator. Currently she directs both Cardell Dance Theater and is the director of the dance program at Georgian Court University. Prior to joining GCU, she served on the faculty at the School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Cardell holds a B.F.A. in Dance from University of the Arts and an M.F.A. in Choreography from Temple University, both in Philadelphia. Perform as a contemporary ballet dancer with Adriana Coll Dance Company (1983-1986) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cardell served as the director of Armar Danza Teatro (1992-1996) in Buenos Aires. For the next several years she directed S. Cardell Danza and EDA Escuela de Danza del Abasto, sponsored by Secretaria de Cultura de la Nacion. Cardell received the most prestigious choreography award in Latin America from Fundacion Antorchas. In addition to being a founding member of CoCoA-Datei, a nonprofit organization devoted to developing dance in Argentina, she also directed her own dance company and dance school. She and her husband, architect Pablo Meninato, created the Sala Ana Itelman, a performance space that showcased mainstream and avant-grade national and international artists, sponsored by Instituto Nacional del Teatro and Secretaria de Cultura de la Nacion. She later became a dancer, choreographer, and artistic co-director at Group Motion Dance Company (2005-2007) in Philadelphia. She began Cardell Dance Theater in 2002 in Philadelphia.
Ms. Cardell has been invited to teach at major dance and theater festivals throughout Latin America, and her choreography has been awarded, sponsored, and commissioned internationally by several organizations, including: The Pew Center for the Arts and Humanities, Antorchas Foundation, Instituto Nacional de Teatro, Secretaria de Cultura de la Ciudad, Red Latinoamericana de Productores de Danza y Teatro, Teatro Gral San Martin, Presidente Alvear, and Teatro de las Provincias. In the United States, her work has been presented by Group Motion, the American Dance College Festival, University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival, The Wilma Theater, Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center of the performing Arts, Georgian Court University, Mt Vernon Dance Space, Falls Bridge, New Festival's Dance House, New Festival, and Christ Church Neighborhood House, The IceBOx at Crane Arts.