ASH IN THE RAINBOW
“Ash in the Rainbow” serves as a record of what has been lost and a prayer for what might once again be. The dancers illustrate the struggle of communicating needs -void of touch and connection-within a relationship during this transitional period of destruction and rejuvenation.
".....the VDC dancers exhibit the fullness of humanity: sadness, grandeur, hubris, reflection and celebration. The inimitable fluidity of founding member Caitlin Cucchiara stands out in this sensual diary of a life."
"The sheer virtuosity and strength this duo exhibit as they embrace, spin, pull and lift is extraordinary."
"A study in the darkness and luminosity inherent in human interaction, and a glorious showcase of the sheer physical beauty and sublime technique of this company of 13 extraordinarily magnetic contemporary dancers, “Take” is nothing short of spellbinding."
"True to its name, Visceral Dance's adaptation delivers the story's essence in a living, breathing reality the audience can experience on a truly visceral level"
"....there is a mature fluidity coupled with an explicit willingness to push the envelope of modern ballet, exciting and evolutionary."
A FINE LINE
"These fine performance artists, dressed in shapely black and blue garments by Moriah Turner, created surreal shapes, entwined and leaping, like spectres from another dimension, defined by the sound."
"Synapse created one of the most exhilarating artistic displays I have ever witnessed upon a Chicago stage, and the gasps and commentary of other audience members during the performance proved that fact."
"Minor Threat" is a balletic, technically demanding work. It requires nothing short of perfection...."
"Breathtaking lifts brought whoops from the audience, as the dance built to its inspired ending, catching us off-guard in a daring group plunge."
"their torsos rising and twisting in a repeated phrase: mermaids out of their element, fallen angels"
"...wonderfully surreal and comical look at the love-struck male of the species"
"Innovatively designed on two levels and set to a stirring, eclectic mix of music, "Sum Noir" is packed with striking images, with moments when the heart stops and the hair rises."
"...the cold, sumptuous drift of the piece quickly shifts into something more human as duets develop and one isolated, Kafka-esque dancer confronts the inexorable force of an inexplicable crowd. Building to a mysterious but unmistakable climax driven by Joby Talbot's music, "Hadal Zone" runs thrillingly hot and cold."
"every facet erotic as the man approaches the woman over and over, his palms joined and vibrating in a motion like dowsing, while the hyper-alert, retreating woman somehow never quite evades his lunges. The clockwork side of "Mabul" gives it a slight comic edge, while Vivaldi's devotional music provides a rich, dark undertone."
"Cervantes’ unparalleled sensibility for authentic, human moments is intermingled with brilliantly constructed movement phrases."
"an almost magically assembled piece that spun off pre-show video interviews of audience members riffing on love, loss and the joy of dance."
"it leaves a mischievous smirk that resonates well past its fade to black... I dare say like a souvenir."
"Miller's almost violent playing is the perfect match for Pupillo's impassioned choreography."
ROBYN MINEKO WILLIAMS
"is comprised of five dancers in Williams’ now-signature blend of rigorous composition, idiosyncratic gesture and complex rhythmic structures."
"And in artistic director/choreographer Nick Pupillo’s virtuosic piece, “Impetere,” set to an intriguing score by Apparat, Olafur Arnalds, Matmos and Pixel, they suggested a tribe of avatars with their sensuality, fearlessness and intensity."
"explores human relationships and intimacy through movement, within a stage environment stripped bare and transformed by lighting designer Brian Sidney Bembridge. "
SENZA DI TE
"....combines sensual with powerful, seamless with athletic "