"Respectful extensions of the sound, movement and ideals of the various cultures of the Orient come through the intimate setting and choreography for seven works danced by the regular Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre company and the Student Dance Ensemble in Orient Express. Beginning with the lovely dressing into kimono mimed by Christine Colquitt and a stylized, exuberant warming up by Martin Casanova, the program carries forward rituals and rites.
On Feb. 4, Sarah Collister and Heather King performed “Between Heaven and Earth,” a balancing of water bowls and relationships symbolizing life and hope. “Voices from the Sky” is an ambitious exaltation with leaps, lifts, speed and freer movement matched by costumes and lighting emulating flight and lightness. Vamping stylized exercise movement with modern moves, “Orient Express” is sheer fun. “Island of the Gods” showcases the company and student ensemble in a glittering range of activities to Balinese, Burmese, Japanese and Chinese music.
The Student Dance Ensemble performed “Happiness Is …” and “The Swan” with corps precision. On Feb., 4, Annie Fellmeth and Kristin Young delivered lovely solos.
Costumes by Hancock are amazing. Butler graduate Autumn Kendrick makes her finely articulated GHDT debut with this production.
Performances continue through Feb. 18 at The Performer’s Edge, 12955 Old Meridian, Carmel. Tickets are $35 per person and include beverages and desserts. Reservations are required. Call 317-846-2441, www.gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org.