Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre "India Ever After" dance review 

Gregory Hancock's energetic exploration of many facets of India layers history, culture and social issues with the subtext of examining them from a western artist's point of view. The sensitive and retrained opening piece "tradition in transition" sets the theme with a traditional dancer's moves and poses transposed into modern moves and poses. "hope for the children" addresses the issue of who brings help to the homeless youth filling the streets. Ciara Richards is especially fine as the representative child. Indira Gandhi's story emanates as free verse in motion from "a woman rises." With "hooray for tollywood" [Teluga language film industry according to the program notes] and "bollywood moments" the company and the audience spiritedly connected in the presentation of India's vibrant modern film industry. The program closed with the athletic and joyous Bhangra a "style of dance and music from the Punjab region of Northern India celebrating life." As always, the costumes by Hancock and lighting by Ryan Koharchik were sumptuous, but this time fabric epitomizing India festooned the lobby as wall covering to add to the overall experience. Fine corps, solo and duet work by the regular company was supplemented by G2 dancers and guest artist Selahattin Erkan.

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