Dances Made to Order

An Interview with Raphael Xavier, one of our Philadelphia edition artists

7/29/2012 by Kingsley Irons | Comment

Raphael Xavier is one of the three artists creating a dance film for the Philadelphia edition of Dances Made to Order this month. Find out a little more about him…

Tell us about some of your upcoming projects in 2012/2013:

2012-2013 has been and is going to be a great year. I received 3 major grants for a new solo work that will be planned, created, then tour in 2013-2014. I also have a documentary film that I shot in 2007 about a dance company from Rio that will be showing as part of the Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia. It will show August 2nd at the African American Museum.

If we were going to spend the day with you hanging out in Philly, what would we do?

If we spent the day together we would probably miss breakfast and catch up around noon. We’d go to my favorite pizza shop owned by my good friend Gianfranco on North 3rd st. Check out out a movie at the Ritz at the Bourse, go to Vietnam Pho Restaurant and then hit up a practice spot in West Philadelphia where all the best Breakers hang out at. It’s called the CEC; Community Education Center. That’s also where I premiered my first evening length theatre work.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

My favorite drink is a juice that I get from Sookhees juice place at the Comcast Center located in the basement. Cucumber, celery, apple and ginger is my favorite blend.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

There are many surprising things, just look on my youtube channel under viazeen. That’s all I can say about that. But, I was on a game show called Hole in the Wall in 2008 with Sabela and we won $60,000 dollars. LOL. Not Kidding!!!

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The Philadelphia edition is presented in partnership with Philadelphia Dance Projects