Giordano Dance Chicago is renowned for muscular, explosive performances high on pop and pizzazz. The Giordano dancers stretch in a new direction in their engagement at the Harris Theater October 28 and 29, with a commissioned work by stage and screen choreographer Peter Chu. Chu’s new piece, informed by contemporary partnering techniques and tai chi practice, surges in waves across and through the stage, circulating within and between bodies, riding an energy that doesn’t travel through locked joints or tense muscles. The physicality of the piece demands deep inward focus and, in rehearsal, one could see the Giordano dancers consciously returning their awareness from their limbs and faces down into their dantians.
Chu is a natural guide for Giordano through this movement style; his credits range from Juilliard and Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal to “So You Think You Can Dance” and music videos. He speaks multiple movement languages and knows how to craft a dance with the oh-so-gratifying mix of artistry and entertainment associated with Giordano. It will be a thrill to watch, along with the rest of the program that includes five short pieces of company repertory, including revivals of favorites by Autumn Eckman, Sam Watson and Ray Mercer. (Sharon Hoyer)
Giordano Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 at 7:30pm. $15-$75. harristheaterchicago.org.