Experience extraordinary. It’s a phrase that catapults us out of closed doors and the daily grind. It’s a phrase that reminds us of what possibility waits to be scratched beneath the surface. It’s a phrase that reminds us of our passion. Giordano Dance Chicago’s spring show promises to do just that.
Nothing inspires an awareness of our humanity quite like the passing of somebody we hold dear. Assistant artistic director Autumn Eckman debuts “mist”—a full-company work honoring the life and spirit of Kevin Flynn, recently deceased husband of Giordano board vice president Susan Flynn. Eckman describes the piece as “softer, adagio, beautiful.” Minimal costumes showcase the purity of a body in movement. Chicago’s Bella Voce accompanies the dancers with live a cappella music composed by Eric Whitacre. It is, in Eckman’s words, “a musical and visual journey—a visceral experience.”
The show also includes Eckman’s “JOLT,” a caffeine-inspired jam set to the percussion of pots and pans. “Taal” is an elegant work by artistic director Nan Giordano, also featuring live music. “Sabroso,” by Del Dominguez and Laura Flores, fuses passion and spice with the elegance of ballroom dance.
“Escape Ordinary/Experience Extraordinary” pulls us into the richness of human experience, moving us through the spectrum of laughter, sadness, excitement and joy. As Nan Giordano concludes, “I hope you not only see that we are very good, but you feel it.” (Lauren Nelson)
Giordano Dance Chicago at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. March 28-29, 7:30pm. $15-$60.