Giordano Dance Chicago's Fall Concert: New Works & More
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The last date listed for Giordano Dance Chicago Fall Concert was Saturday October 26, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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Co-Directors Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser present this new 40-minute dance work from… More
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About Roni Koresh:
“Roni and his internationally acclaimed Koresh Dance Company have been an ongoing part of our Jazz Dance World Congress for many years, so I know first-hand of his reputation for inventive, physically and emotionally demanding choreography,” says GDC Artistic Director Nan Giordano. “His work requires dancers that are not only technically proficient, but willing to devote their heart, soul and passion to both the rehearsal process and performance. GDC is blessed with dancers who possess all those qualities, so our audiences are in for something spectacular.”
About Autumn Eckman:
In the past four years Eckman, has created seven works for GDC. This eighth work created for the October concerts will be a high energy piece showcasing the impressive talents of the five women and three men of the 2013-2014 Giordano II dancers. “Autumn brings incredible talent and wit to her choreography,” says Giordano. “She knows GDC inside and out, and I love the way she always creates works for us that are true to our core identity while incorporating exciting new movement, music and themes.”
“Give and Take”* *by Brock Clawson (2009)
**Clawson’s popular full-company piece, originally choreographed for GDC in 2009, has been praised as “daring and athletic” by the Chicago Sun-Times. Clawson was the recipient of Dance Chicago’s 2005 Outstanding Choreography Award and the Festival named him Choreographer of the Year in 2006.
“La Belleza de Cuba” by Liz Imperio (2013)
**Imperio, whose extensive credits include staging and choreography for Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Gloria Estefan and Madonna, uses Latin, Afro-Cuban, jazz and contemporary choreography in this joyous full-company work celebrating GDC’s monumental 50-year dance legacy and honoring Imperio’s Cuban heritage. This work was made possible through the generous support of Pam Crutchfield and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
Kiesha Lalama’s “Alegría” (2011)
**This full-company work uses jazz, modern, contemporary and ballet movement to examine the universal human experience of searching, finding and ultimately accepting joy.
The evening will also feature two more works to be announced.
About the Ticket Supplier: Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago began in 1962 as Dance Incorporated Chicago and became the Giordano Dance Company in 1966 when many of its live performances were broadcast by Chicago’s Public Television Station WTTW. In 1968 the company performed American jazz dance for the touring Bolshoi Ballet who were so impressed that an invitation was extended, and the company eventually toured the Soviet Union in 1974, the first jazz dance company to do so.
This focus on jazz dance led to a new name—Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago—and its current mission to develop and preserve the indigenous American art form of jazz dance, thereby creating an awareness of jazz dance as a true artistic expression of American life.