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Giordano Dance Chicago in Autumn Eckman's Jolt (photo by Gorman Cook)
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Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), as part of their 2018-2019 “Live in the Momentum” Season, debuts a new, full-company work by award-winning choreographer Ray Leeper (So You Think You Can Dance; America’s Got Talent) in a fall engagement at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. A selection of works from GDC’s critically acclaimed repertoire will complete the program.
“Ray’s connection with GDC began many years ago when my father, (company founder) Gus Giordano, pulled the tween-aged Ray up on stage during a workshop at a dance convention. Since then, his relationship with GDC has grown and in 2014 we commissioned him to create Feelin’ Good Sweet for the company. Ray has once again hit the GDC mark with his newest work, work, SOUL, created against a musical backdrop of songs made popular by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green and Tina Turner. As announced in our February 2018 gala, we are dedicating the work to our very good friend, Chicago’s own Candace Jordan,” says GDC Artistic Director Nan Giordano.
Leeper has established himself as one of the most respected artists in the dance industry. His choreography credits include music videos and live performances for well-known recording artists including Cher, Elton John, IL Divo and others; popular TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance, X-Factor UK, America’s Got Talent and The Big Bang Theory; honors and awards include "Best Choreography Award" for his work on Common Grounds in the New York Musical Theater Festival and the prestigious Gold Leo Award for Excellence in Choreography presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the world premiere of Leeper’s SOUL, the program will feature works from the GDC repertoire, including Divided Against (2016) by Peter Chu; Autumn Eckman’s Jolt (2012); Sidecar (2004) by Mark Swanhart; and John Lehrer’s humorous and theatrical Loose Canon (2006).
Giordano Dance Chicago presents their fall program at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$75. For tickets call 312.334.7777 or visit harristheaterchicago.org.