Review: Dance Kaleidoscope's 'Super Soul' 

click to enlarge Dance Kaleidoscope in Cynthia Pratt's "Quiet Storm." - CROWE'S EYE PHOTOGRAPHY

Dance Kaleidoscope's Super Soul: Motown and More packs quite a few different styles of soul into three world-premiere suites. Costumes reveal as much about each choreographer’s “take” as did the moves.

Svelte reigns with Cynthia Pratt’s choice of form-fitting velvet jumpsuits for her suite titled “Quiet Storm.” The addition of fedoras scintillates "Trouble Man," leading into sleight-of-hand, tongue-in-cheek, eyebrow lifting, hip swinging coupling renditions of "I Say a Little Prayer for You," "You’ve Got a Hold on Me," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "ABC."

Nicholas Owens’s suite, “Mo’ Soul,” incorporates the gyrating, fast-paced look and feel of dance clubs with swishy satins in rainbow colors, giving life to the memory of what he heard growing up. Songs for the suite include "Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing," "Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone," "P.Y.T," "Sexual Healing" and "Knocks Me Off My Feet."

The program closes with David Hochoy’s in-depth exploration of the music of Stevie Wonder. Clad in shimmer-like swimsuits with multi-hued cummerbunds, the company, with two guest dancers, spotlights Stevie Wonder’s classic period, adding nostalgia and pathos and preparing us for action, not mere talk.

Cutting a wide swath through Wonder's body of work — including "I Wish," "For Once In My Life," "Ngiculela" and "You Haven’t Done Nothin’" — Hochoy’s illustrates Wonder’s keen observations of life, with attention to Wonder's social activism. Thus, Super Soul is more than exhilarating — with Hochoy’s "Wonder-ful," it becomes a call to get involved, “to do.” Don’t miss it. Through Jan. 29 on the Indiana Repertory Theatre upper stage.

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