This latest addition to the three-year-old Cocodaco’s repetoire emerged out of meetings between company members and artistic director Ronn Stewart about the desire to produce their first evening-length work. “We knew we wanted to explore using the three companies together in a single work that had meaning to us all,” explains associate artistic director Sarah Goldstone. “The word ‘tread’ has so many meanings that relate to our lives as dancers and artists. Thoughts of friction, grip, traction; as well as [associations with] treading water, treading on thin ice, don’t tread on me, among others, started to inspire a look at how we treat ourselves and each other in the current status quo.”
Organized around a tiered structure of Youth Ensemble, Mezzo Company and Professional Company, the project’s stylish, stylized movement work provides voice mainly through representation of the figure in space. “We hope our audience takes away a sense of passion, empathy, gratefulness, inspiration and desire to make a change,” says Goldstone, “Whatever that may be.” (Michael Workman)
At Foster Dance Studios, 915 Foster, Evanston. (847)864-1877. April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8pm. Tickets $18 at brownpapertickets.com/event/2911281. For more information, visit cacodaco.com or fosterdance.com.