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Recap: Giordano Dance Chicago’s Fall 2014 Engagement


Pictured: Dancers (foreground): Martin Ortiz Tapia and Ashley Downs; Dancers (background): Zachary Heller, Natasha Overturff, Sean Rozanski. Linnea Stureson in the world premiere of Ray Leeper’s “Feelin’ Good Sweet.”
(Photo credit: by Gorman Cook Photography)

Giordano Dance Chicago just wrapped up their fall engagement performance weekend as they performed, yet again, an excellent array of dance for a zealous audience. The Fall Home Season performances were held during the last full weekend of October and included the world premiere piece, “Feelin’ Good Sweet”.

If there was any question about the strength of this company in technique, musicality, performance, and sheer endurance, this program is visual proof that Giordano Dance Chicago is world class talent.

The program began with the powerfully athletic “A Ritual Dynamic.” It was a great way to showcase the entire company of dancers and introduce one spectrum of force that the Giordano dancers exude.

“Gravity” directly proceeded the show opener and reflected on the complexities of relationships. One where the relationship seems to be more pain than love. The duet was performed genuinely and beautifully by Rachael Berube and Sean Rozanksi.

The first half of the evening ended with “EXit4.” Choreographer Roni Koresh’s hard-hitting movement  and dramatic elements gave a feeling of struggle, conflict and militant-like aggression. After intermission, “Entropy” followed suit with the mood that was created by “Exit4.” There was an audible sigh of awe in after the piece was over, because again, their agility and endurance reigns supreme.


Devin Buchanan in Roni Koresh’s “EXit 4.” (Photo credit: Gorman Cook)

Audience members had to wait until the very end for the world premiere of “Feelin’ Good Sweet.” The piece, choreographed by Ray Leeper who has worked with global recording artists and also popular dance competition show, So You Think You Can Dance.

“Feelin’ Good Sweet” was an ode to Broadway, Bob Fosse and all things jazz dance with help from the music stylings of Michael Buble, Aretha Franklin, and Maren Wade. Easy breezy feelings of joy and light-heartedness were reflected through the choreography, and infused into the audience.

The company’s Winter Home Season performance will be at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on January 31, 2015.


Rachel Berube in in Roni Koresh’s “EXit 4.” (Photo credit: Gorman Cook)


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