One thing I know is that if I ever have to come up with a name for a dance company, I will not include ‘theatre/theater’ in the title. Some people spell it with the ‘e’ before, some after the ‘t’ and it’s just confusing for writers.
I could write an essay on almost all of the ten companies I saw perform, except for one because I was unable to actually watch due to a strong urge to laugh. There were pieces I liked and pieces I didn’t for various reasons but I will save my critical thinking until I write my official review after the entire showcase on Saturday. I will say (in apologetically vague tones for the moment) that after last night’s performance I have developed: a rejuvenated inspiration to stretch because of one dancer in particular, a new crush on a great dancer, and a new appreciation for the difficulty in handling humor in choreography (done well by some, not so much by others).
Performing Tonight Are: Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Dawn Karlovsky & Dancers, VADCO, Verb Ballets, Mordine and Co. Dance Theater, MADCO Natya Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s BAM!
I have friends in Thodos, Joffrey, and Mordine so I’m really interested in those and I’ve heard good things about Verb so
I’m excited to see them as well. Natya is rooted in Bharata Natyam which is a dance theater form from India so I’m looking forward to that one. It looks like a great mix of top-notch ballet (hello Joffrey!) modern, ethnic, contemporary, and I think the last is tap, which should be really fun.
So far my favorite stage name that I’ve seen in the program is Crystal Brothers from Ballet Memphis. I also enjoy Emma Draves from Natya Dance Theater, but that is mostly because everyone else in the company has a name like Shobhana Gopalakrishnan (another dancer with the company- I didn’t make that up).
I feel so special with my little VIP pass which allows me a special seating section in the Lee Theatre (which is more like a blackbox, it’s smaller and the dancers are much closer to the audience) and free tickets to the mainstage shows. Did I say ticketS? Why, yes I did. unbeknownst to me, I have an extra comp ticket that’s up for grabs. Last night and tonight’s tickets are taken, but here is where it pays off to be my friend or blog follower….
I am offering the Saturday night comp ticket to the first person who indicates interest by sending me a text. If you are my friend, you already have my number. If you aren’t, sorry. I am not going with a stranger from the internet. That’s just weird.
The show begins at 6 in the Lee Theatre. If you aren’t tempted enough by a free evening out and the extreme joy of my company, here is the list of companies on the bill for the closing night show of Spring to Dance:
lee Theater: pH eXchange Dance Theatre/ GroundWorks Dance Theatre/ Owen/Cox Dance Group/ The Slaughter Project
Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall: James Sewell Ballet/ Paloma Gomez/ Brain Brooks Moving Company/ Kansas City Ballet/ Helios Dance Theater/ Dance Theatre of Harlem/ Paloma Gomez (again)/ Ballet Memphis
Get in touch with me if you are free and interested. The window of opportunity closes at 7 pm tonight. Good luck!