Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), now celebrating its 55th year, debuts new works by award-winning choreographer Davis Robertson and GDC’s Joshua Blake Carter during their spring engagement at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. The program will also include a selection of works from GDC’s critically-acclaimed repertoire.
Said GDC Artistic Director Nan Giordano, “When considering choreographers for new works we look for talent, clarity and creativity plus an understanding of our identity and the importance of connecting with the audience. Davis has all of that.” Robertson’s new work titled “Hiding Vera” will be his fourth full company work created for GDC. Davis’ work also boasts a commissioned score from area composer and musician Kevin Mileski.
Robertsonbegan choreographing as a youth breakdancing on the streets of Jacksonville, Florida. But it was during his decade long tenure as a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet that he created his first major multimedia work, “Strange Prisoners” for the Joffrey. Since then, his ballets have been performed at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Sibiu Opera (Romania), The Joyce Theater (New York City) and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Robertson has also choreographed works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the Milwaukee Ballet. In 2010 he was invited to choreograph for the graduating class of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, and subsequently became an international Program Director for the Bolshoi Academy, establishing the first official international Bolshoi summer intensives in Urbino, Italy and Sydney, Australia. Honors include the Ruth Page Choreography Award in Chicago, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and the Mercurio Volante Award for Excellence from the city of Florence, Italy.
The Harris Theater program will also include the world premiere of “Take A Gambol,”choreographed by former GDC company dancer Joshua Blake Carter, showcasing the eight men of GDC. “Joshua was an amazing member of our company for seven seasons and now we are thrilled to have him in our roster of skilled choreographers,” said Giordano. Carter’s work premiering in the March Harris engagement will be his second work choreographed for the main company. While dancing for GDC, Carter toured nationally and internationally performing works by Peter Chu, Brock Clawson, Autumn Eckman, Nan Giordano, Liz Imperio, Roni Koresh, Kiesha Lalama, Jon Lehrer, Mia Michaels, and more. In 2013, Carter was named Director of Giordano II, a title he still holds today. Carter was also named GDC’s first Operations Manager in 2017.
In addition to the new works by Robertson and Carter, the program for the Harris engagement will include the following selections from GDC’s critically-acclaimed repertoire:
- “Give and Take” (2009) by Brock Clawson. “Designed for five couples, the work looks at male-female relationships, but its narrative is so beautifully woven into the overall patterning and tone of the dance that it never feels slavishly literal.” (Chicago Sun-Times).
- An excerpt from Roni Koresh’s"Crossing/Lines" (2015) showcasing the women of GDC.
- “Tossed Around,” (2017) by Ray Mercer is based on a fiercely kinetic and emotionally charged concept, set to an original music composition by South African composer and performer Sbongiseni “Bongi” Duma.
- “Pyrokinesis”(2007), created for GDC by independent choreographer and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Christopher Huggins, showcases the unique and specific strengths of the individual company members in two movements: one lyrical and flowing; one percussive and explosive.
Giordano Dance Chicago presents their fall engagement at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Friday March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$75. For tickets call 312.334.7777 or visit harristheaterchicago.org.