Dance Kaleidoscope's joyful and soulful holiday show Broadway Meets Motown gives longtime patrons a chance to revisit with two programs from the repertoire — 2010's There’s No Business Like Show Business (presented as the first act here) and 2012's The Best of Super Soul (the second act).
Some DK members are performing these works for the first time at the IRT this month, sometimes giving up new interpretations, other times following in the footsteps of the dancers who debuted this choreography.
Jillian Godwin offers one new take, bringing out the dichotomy at the heart of “Something’s Coming," which is city brash and raw at the start, then achingly tender at the close.
Caitlin Negron and Timothy June take “Some Enchanted Evening in a more expansive direction. One feels as though they might just float off. Mariel Greenlee holds nothing back with “Losing My Mind” and we are there with her recalling our own lies.
The full company pieces equally enter into our hearts, and bones — “Being Alive” takes us into realms beyond description. You have to be in a seat and feel it.
David Hochoy’s choreography alternates between amplifying the lyrics and revealing the subtext. Laura E. Glover’s lighting is in full partnership with Hochoy, as light seems to emanating out of the dancers' bodies, and not merely shine upon them.
Act Two is a whole different show, choreographed by Hochoy, Cynthia Pratt and Nicholas Owen. It offers us Marvin Gaye's hey-look-at-me attitude, Michael Jackson's fluid moonwalking, Smokey Robinson's in-your-face, amoebic eroticism, Stevie Wonder's winsomeness and bravura and The Temptations' wryness, among other flavors.