Chicago Dance Preview: GIORDANO DANCE CHICAGO (Spring Series at the Harris Theater)

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by Tony Frankel on March 25, 2015

in Theater-Chicago


Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), America’s original jazz dance company, returns to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance for its spring engagement, March 27-29, 2015. The inexhaustible hot-footed hoofers of GDC offer an exhilarating program that includes the world premiere of “the only way around is through,” an inspiring nine member work choreographed by company member Joshua Blake Carter, with concept and structure by Nan Giordano.

the only way out is through by Giordano Dance Chicago. Photo by Gorman Cook

“the only way around is through” is comprised of three movements and depicts the critical, life-affirming role human connection plays in helping us deal with chronic illness and move beyond moments of overwhelming isolation and despair to a bright new future,” says Giordano. “GDC has always found the experience of performing works from our repertoire at Dance for Life events very fulfilling. However creating this piece with its very origins based on personal accounts of those dealing with debilitating disease really changed us all and we look forward to sharing this extraordinary new work with our audiences in our upcoming concerts.”

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The full program for the Harris engagement is as follows:“the only way around is through” (2015);

“Alloy” (2011), a slow, sensual duet choreographed by former GDC Assistant Artistic Director Autumn Eckman;

“Shirt Off My Back” (2015). This full-company work choreographed by award-winning choreographer Ray Mercer, debuted at GDC’s Jan. 31 engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, explores the inherent sacrifices people make as they enter into a relationship;

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“Le Grand Futur is Here!” (1999), a techno, futuristic look at relationships choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance);


“La Belleza de Cuba” (2013). Liz 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 50-year dance legacy and honoring Imperio’s Cuban heritage;

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“Feelin’ Good Sweet” (2014), a new Broadway-inspired full company work choreographed by award-winning choreographer Ray Leeper (So You Think You Can Dance / America’s Got Talent).

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photos by Gorman Cook

GDC_Alloy_Dancers-Maeghan-McHale_Devin-Buchanan.Photo by Gorman-Cook PhotographyGiordano Dance Chicago’s Spring Series
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Dr, Millennium Park
ends on March 29, 2015
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