Review: Dance Kaleidoscope's Classic Greats 

Clean lines and the kind of theatrics that draw new audiences to dance

click to enlarge Part of El Salon Mexico
  • Part of El Salon Mexico

Dance Kaleidoscope's show Classic Greats gave me pause when I first read the trio of dance selections: A thematic combination of Mexican architecture, Romeo and Juliet and Frank Sinatra seemed to have about as much in common as a show co-hosted by Bernie and Trump. The idea of "a meal" also immediately seemed like a weak way to loop it all together. In short, David Hochoy, you proved me wrong.

The three-act performance showcased all of the dancers for the majority of the show. (Let it be noted, that kind of stamina only comes from a truly professional and rigorous training schedule.) The first act began with El Salon Mexico, an expansion of Hochoy's trip to Mexico where he became enthralled with the architecture. The choreography used sharp angles to make the dancers into living statutes. All supported with a sharp attention to details like flexed feet, bent, angular arm and leg placements. Not to mention the intricate lifts and building compositions involving the entire cast.

Romeo and Juliet was an interesting and, in my opinion, perfect choice to close the first act after El Salon Mexico. Conceptually, the shift from this very modern, angular, sharp choreography to the opening of Romeo and Juliet moved to exquisitely long lines and softer partner work. Of course Tchaikovsky's non-linear Romeo and Juliet allows for powerful surges — like the fight scenes or the death scenes — but pairing the hyper modern El Salon with the more traditional choreography in Romeo and Juliet was risky and worth it.

Frank's Way can only be described as an amalgamation of style. From the tongue-in-cheek, sexy stories delivered in "Bewitched" and "The Lady is a Tramp," to "Something Stupid's" beautiful partner work by Aleksa Lukasiewicz and Noah Trulock, the ensemble was able to carry energy through every piece. Notably was the effortless, powerhouse quality Jillian Godwin brought to the choreography in "That's Life" and the playful company performance of "High Hopes." Frank's Way breaks the rules of consistency and shows off one of the most important elements of dance — sheer entertainment. Overall the three acts showed clean lines and the kind of theatricality that draws new audiences into dance.

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Emily is the arts editor at NUVO, where she covers everything from visual art to comedy. In fact she is probably at a theater production right now. Before joining the ranks here, she worked for Indianapolis Monthly and Gannett. You can find her thoughts about Indy scattered throughout the NUVO arts section and... more

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