Podcast with Giordano Dance Chicago’s Nan Giordano & Michael McStraw
Please note that the piece discussed in the podcast by Christopher Huggins is postponed to GDC’s March 2013 Harris engagement. Del Dominguez ballroom dance work “Sabroso” will now be part of the October concert.
Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), as part of their 50th Anniversary Season programming, premieres Autumn Eckman’s exciting new work, “G-Force” in their fall 2012 engagement at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Oct. 26-27 at 8 p.m. This new piece for two quartets of dancers, set to a rousing electronica score, is inspired by the physical principal of G-Force, the force of acceleration on a body in motion.
The program will also feature several selections from the company’s exciting repertoire:
- Four full company works:
o Mark Swanhart’s “Sidecar” (2004). A former dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Swanhart’s choreography credits include music, film and Baz Luhrman’s “La Boheme;”
o The dynamic “Le Grand Futur is Here!” (1999), choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance”);
o Eckman’s witty, high energy “JOLT” with concept and structure by Nan Giordano(2012), set to Evan Bivins’ original music;
o Del Dominguez ballroom dance work “Sabroso” (2011) embracing elements of Cha-cha, Rumba, Mambo, Bolero and Latin Swing.
- Gus Giordano’s “Wings” (1978), a solo work by GDC founder Gus Giordano, performed by former GDC company member and Artistic Associate Autumn Eckman.
- “Gravity” (2009) a pas de deux providing a fresh look at young love choreographed by GDC company member Lindsey Leduc.
Giordano Dance Chicago, currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Nan Giordano and Executive Director Michael McStraw, is a world-class dance company and a driving force in Chicago’s thriving performing arts community. The company’s new works continually expand the boundaries of jazz and contemporary dance. The company also has an active outreach and education program in three Chicago Public Schools.
GDC celebrates its 50th Anniversary with its 2012-2013 season. GDC is not only one of the longest running professional dance companies in Chicago, but few dance companies in the U.S. have achieved this milestone. Earlier this year, after 50 years in Evanston, Giordano Dance Chicago moved its rehearsal/teaching space and administrative office into the heart of downtown Chicago.
GDC has joined with several other Chicago-based dance companies that are part of the exciting American Rhythm Center (ARC), located in the city’s dance corridor at 410 South Michigan Avenue in the historic Fine Arts Building. GDC will be rehearsing and offering public classes in ARC’s newly remodeled studios. GDC’s administrative office is now located just a few short blocks south of ARC at 1509 S. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago’s beautiful South Loop. For more information about GDC, their 50th Anniversary and their programs, call 312-922-1332 or visit giordanodance.org.