For those of us who spent our youth listening to pop legends such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, among others, Friday’s 7:30 p.m. performance of “Super Soul, A Motown Tribute” at the Grand Theatre is sure to please.
Tickets are available through the ticket office, 312 W. Main weekdays 10-3, phone 352-7469 or online at www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org. See complete information in the box.
Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana’s premier professional contemporary dance company since 1972, brings its latest work to town after the show’s Indianapolis premiere on Jan. 19. Initial reviews have called it “joyous” and “heart-warming.”
“Super Soul” is the work of three highly respected choreographers, including David Hochoy, Dance Kaleidoscope’s artistic director. Says Hochoy: “All three pieces have their own unique viewpoint and movement style, and of course the music is tremendous.”
Hochoy, a native of Trinidad, West Indies, has danced with numerous international companies, including the Martha Graham Dance Company, one of the most renowned of contemporary dance companies.
Hochoy’s portion of the program features the music of Stevie Wonder and covers such hits as “For Once in My Life,” “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Superstition.”
Guest choreographer Cynthia Pratt, a member of the Butler University dance faculty, was inspired by soul classics she watched on television growing up. Highlights of her work in Super Soul include “Say a Little Prayer for Me,” in which she incorporates movements common to girl-groups such as the Supremes, and a sensuous rendering of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
Although guest choreographer Nicholas Owens is too young to have grown up listening to Motown music, he has learned to appreciate the style. He captures the spirit of Michael Jackson’s “Pretty Young Thing,” incorporating the singer’s signature moves. The entire dance company pulls out the stops with “Knocks Me Off of My Feet” by Stevie Wonder.
Dance Kaleidoscope’s professional ensemble consists of 11 athletic dancers who are trained in the rigorous modern dance technique of Martha Graham as well as classical ballet. In the hands of three superbly talented choreographers, the music of Motown legends is sure to be presented with grace and originality.
Matinee performances include “The Dance Show,” in which dancers explain and perform elements of dance to a wide array of music. This one-hour show, designed for all grades, begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $5. At 3 p.m., the troupe will hold a free master class dance workshop for children ages 9-18.
Participation is limited to 30 students and reservations must be made through the Grand Theatre ticket office at 352-7469.
Teachers may obtain further information or make reservations by contacting Anne Taylor Renshaw at 320-1074 or by e-mail at email@example.com.