May 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30pm
Dovetail Studios, 2853 W. Montrose
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SECRET EXPERIMENTS IN BALLET #5: The Godmothers
Secret Experiments in Ballet #5: The Godmothers takes as its inspiration the Fairy Godmother variations from the classical ballet Sleeping Beauty. Exploring the “fairy godmother” imagery from ballet tradition and folk and fairy tales, Stein brings to the stage six unique, dynamic solos for riveting women whose dance backgrounds include ballet, West African, hip-hop and modern dance. Diving into physical and imagistic connections between dance forms and cultures, each dancer brings personal magic to performance, brightly costumed by Amanda Franck. Michael Caskey’s original music subtly references the original score while involving a broad range of musical styles and textures; Tschaikovsky meets Bowie.
In the ballet Sleeping Beauty, the godmothers bring the infant princess gifts, such as grace, generosity and wit. Stein’s version employs her choreographic process of “translation,” and turns the brief ballet episode into a meditation on the gifts of honesty, joy, wit, generosity, passion and wisdom. The solos illuminate each dancer’s unique qualities and voices, reveling in the gifts that are available when looking outside the tightly held parameters of female beauty of mainstream dance and media.
Danced by Paige Caldarella, Keyierra Collins, Chloe Michels, Nancy Spence, Emily Stein and Destine Young
Original music by Michael Caskey
Costumes by Amanda Lee Franck
Lighting design by Richard Norwood