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As part of its 2018-2019 “Live in the Momentum” Season, Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), will debut Flickers, a new, full-company work by renowned, inspirational choreographer Marinda Davis at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr., this spring. A selection of works from GDC’s critically acclaimed repertoire will complete the program.
“The piece is special to me for an infinite number of reasons but mainly because it’s a full circle moment,” says Davis. “I assisted Gus for many years and had the honor of accompanying him at several dance events. He used to listen to all my wildest dreams when I was younger, many that are happening for the first time just now, and he’d say, ‘All things in the right time my dear.’ And that is what this piece is about: The faith that our dreams will be honored and handed to us when we are most ready. I always preached it, but now I can honestly say I’ve lived that proof that your darkest moments are generally shifting and preparing us for our brightest. It’s darkest before the dawn and I believe darkness exists only so that lightness can actually count. This piece is about searching for the light in your darkest hours, believing it’s right around the corner, hanging on to the flickers, and trusting that no matter anyone’s opinion or doubt, your dream and story will unfold when you are most qualified to tell it and the universe is most ready to hear it, but it has to find you authentic and working.”
On May 25, 2018, Davis’ powerful story was the subject of the docuseries My Last Days on the CW. Davis battles a combination of eight genetic and autoimmune diseases daily. Although these battles include fighting rare and life-threatening diseases, the diagnoses changed Davis’ focus from dancing to choreography, which is where she has found a high level of success.
Davis founded her company, marInspired; the storytellers, in 2009. In 2012, marInspired premiered its first full-length show, “Breakable,” which had a sold-out run at New York’s Salvatore Capezio Theater. In 2010, Dance.com recognized Davis as a Top 10 Young American Choreographer 25 & Under and, in 2012, she received her first Capezio ACE Award nomination.
The March engagement celebrates the final performances of company members Maeghan McHale and Devin Buchanan as they take to the Harris Theater stage for their last appearances with GDC. Combined, they have wowed GDC audiences for more than two decades. Artistic director Nan Giordano noted, “Maeghan and Devin have been instrumental in helping me to raise the artistic profile and expectations of the company. They each have left a lasting imprint on this organization, for which we are all deeply grateful.”
In addition to the world premiere of Davis’ Flickers, the program for GDC’s March Harris Theater engagement will include Brock Clawson’s Sneaky Pete (2016), a deliciously intriguing work with a nod to film noir; Prey (2003), by former Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member and Movin’ Out alum Ron DeJesus; and Ray Leeper’s SOUL (2018), a full company work created against a musical backdrop of songs made popular by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green and Tina Turner; just a taste of what GDC has in store for audiences this spring.
The performance takes place Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Flickers is made possible, in part, through generous support by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
For tickets call 312.334.7777 or visit harristheaterchicago.org.
Rehearsal photo of Giordano Dance Chicago in Flickers by choreographer Miranda Davis (photo by Anderson Photography).
Giordano Dance Chicago to Present World Premiere of Miranda Davis' Flickers in Spring Harris Theater Engagement
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