Elements Ballet’s ETHOS OF ELEMENTS To Showcase Dance Films and Improvisation
Elements Ballet is proud to announce its winter production, Ethos of Elements; a two-night premiere of live performance and film. Performing on Thursday, February 20, and Friday, February 21, audiences will experience a number of independent dance films, featuring Chicago-based choreographers and filmmakers, alongside a freshly reimagined interpretation of the company’s signature improvised ballet, SOAKED. Presented at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, at 3035 N Hoyne Ave, Ethos of Elements will highlight new artistic voices within the company; introducing new movement and improvisation techniques from company dancers Callie Croom and Tiffany McCord.
Improvisation has been a pillar in the Elements Ballet repertoire since its inception; the company regularly incorporates improvised dance into its class and rehearsal process and has previously presented several works featuring improvised components. Both in the classroom and onstage, Elements Ballet Artistic Director Mike Gosney has encouraged dancers to inspire and be inspired through improvising; offering them liberties to move outside the classical vernacular and form new lines, patterns, and connections. Croom and McCord have expanded on these ideas to create original choreography that lives within the framework of such improvisation.
The film portion of Ethos of Elements will consist of four new dance films, spanning multiple genres, directed and choreographed by Croom, McCord, Gosney, and guest choreographers Seth Robinson and Jeff Wolfe. Videographers collaborating on this project include Alison Canales, Reilly Drew, Will McCord, Andrew Palmer, and Brian Vandenbos. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage with each choreographer and filmmaker in an onstage talk-back following the showcase.
Both showtimes are at 7:30pm; tickets for this event are $30.00 General Admission and $25.00 Student/Senior.Tickets are available for purchase at www.elementsballet.org and at the door. Keep up with Elements Ballet on social media, (Insta: @elementsballetchicago) for sneak peaks of the dance films and behind the scenes rehearsal footage.