February 22, 2024


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Giordano Dance Chicago Debuts New Works at the Harris Apr. 1-2


Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) carries on their 59th Period, “Illuminate,” at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The method features the world premiere of Autumn Eckman’s “Retroverse,” featuring initial music by Dan Myers, and “3,” a new get the job done choreographed for a trio by Joshua Blake Carter, GDC Functions Manager and Director of Giordano II. Well-known functions from GDC’s repertoire entire the plan.

“After waiting for two yrs, the globe premiere of ‘Retroverse’ is at last listed here,” claims GDC Creative Director Nan Giordano. “The theme of this work – hunting back again nonetheless feeling hopeful about the future – has additional influence now more than at any time. “Retroverse” is made feasible, in part, by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Basis and was gifted in honor of Pam Crutchfield.

Carter’s trio for 1 lady and two adult men is established to new music of British jazz/soul artist Laura Mvula whose lyric, “…bathe in the sunlight, really don’t thoughts if rain falls…” impressed the work’s generation. “Paying time out of doorways in the course of the pandemic, arrive rain or shine, genuinely kept me centered,” suggests Carter. “This dance celebrates the issues we do have, alternatively than dwelling on people items we you should not.”

The relaxation of the software is scheduled to involve the subsequent functions from GDC’s repertoire:

• “Ritual Dynamic” by Jon Lehrer (2007) that includes all 15 GDC dancers. “Surprise landings and tableaux that sliced place into unpredicted geometrics stored the audience on the edge of their seats.” (Dance Journal)

• “Exit 4” by Israeli-American choreographer Roni Koresh (2013). This comprehensive business operate has been hailed for “The spectacular temper swings…the edgy dynamic concerning the team and the

particular person.” (Chicago Sun-Occasions)

• “Feelin'” Good Sweet” by Ray Leeper (2014). “Bordering on rousing, joyous parody, it is flat-out fun…stylishly neat….” (Chicago Tribune)

• “The Guy That Bought Absent” by Sherry Zunker (1990). GDC alumna Sherry produced and performed this witty and fashionable work at the suggestion of Gus Giordano for the 1990 Jazz Dance World Congress. Given that then, the do the job has been done by a quantity of providers and returned to the source when it received its 2007 GDC corporation premiere. For the April 1-2 Harris Theater performances, GDC Govt Director Michael McStraw will make a unique visitor visual appeal as “The Guy.” Program is subject to adjust.

Giordano Dance Chicago provides the spring engagement of its 59th Period, “Illuminate” at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr., 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. Tickets are $20-$90. For tickets or far more info, such as COVID protocols, visit harristheaterchicago.org or call 312.334.7777.

GDC’s Spring Series Harris Theater engagement precedes GDC’s “Legacy Ball” gala, at the Ravenswood Function Heart, 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue, 7-11 p.m., June 2. Honorary chairperson and honoree is Homer Bryant. The night will attribute an open up bar, enjoyment-food stuff stations, silent auction and pop up performances by the organization and the dancers. Proceeds from the Legacy Ball help Giordano Dance Chicago’s mission to enrich life as a result of dance, as very well as ongoing operations and group outreach applications like the revolutionary Jazz Dance/Science & Health and fitness. For far more data visit giordanodance.org.


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