To kick off a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Giordano Dance Chicago will perform at the College of Lake County at 7 p.m. tonight, Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.
This special dance event includes a preview of two world premiere pieces that will formally debut on Oct. 26 at the Harris Theater for Music & Dance in Chicago.
Giordano Dance Chicago is a captivating dance company that displays the powerful performance of high-energy, high-impact dance. The company exhibits a unique style that expands the boundaries of American jazz dance. Dance Magazine calls the company “A burst of sheer dance joy that left the audience breathless and ready for more.”
For more information, visit Giordano www.giordanodance.org.
The company was founded 50 years ago in Evanston by Gus Giordano. His daughter, Nan Giordano, serves as artistic director, and Michael McStraw is executive director. Dancers in the company include Devin Buchanan, Joshua Blake Carter, Zachary Heller, Lindsey LaFountain, Lindsey Leduc, Maeghan McHale, Martin Ortiz Tapia, Ashley Rockwood, Sean Rozanski and Meredith Schultz. For this performance, Cesar G. Salinas, company member from 2006–2011, will be a special guest artist.
Following up on successful performances in 2007, 1998 and 1997, the company will treat the Grayslake audience to special preview performances of two pieces prior to their official world premieres on Oct. 26 in Chicago. They are “Untitled,” choreographed by Autumn Eckman, with music by Starkey; and “Between Heaven and Earth,” choreographed by Christopher Huggins with original music by DJ Ceiba.
The rest of the Oct. 7 program will include the following pieces:
• “Le Grand Futur Is Here,” choreographed by Mia Michaels, a 1999 work that features music by Amon Tobin.
• “Wings,” choreographed by Gus Giordano, with music by Joan Baez, premiered in 1978.
• “Sidecar,” a 2004 piece choreographed by Mark Swanhart with music by Yann Tiersen, The Platters, Jon Brion and Solex.
• “Gravity,” a 2009 piece choreographed by Lindsey Leduc, with music by Sara Bareilles.
• “JOLT,” a 2012 piece choreographed by Autumn Eckman with concept and structure by Nan Giordano and music by Evin Bivins. Its score is played on buckets, pots, pans and other kitchen utensils.
Tickets: Regular: $39/33/27, Senior/CLC Staff/Alumni: $38/32/27, CLC Student/Teen: $16, Children under 12: $13. Prices include a $1 JLC facility fee. Groups of six or more qualify for discounted ticket prices.
New this season will be pre-show mingles--a time to connect with friends before the show and enjoy food and beverages in the lobby, 45 minutes before the show begins.
The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts is located on the CLC Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.
The next event in the JLC’s Professional Touring Season will be Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy® award-winning sounds of The Eagles. The opening act is The Mojo Daddies, who play a mixture of pop, rock and blues originals.
Submitted by the College of Lake County