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Choreographer Brock Clawson working as guest choreographer with DK Dance (photo by Mike Drury).
Giordano Dance to Unveil New Work by Esteemed Chicago Choreographer Brock Clawson
Acclaimed jazz dance company Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) presents the world premiere of Sneaky Pete, a new full-company work by award-winning Chicago-based choreographer, Brock Clawson at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.
With a theater director’s sensibilities and a unique skill in creating fascinating movement narratives, Clawson has created a deliciously intriguing new work with a nod to film noir. “When Brock created ‘Give and Take’ for us in 2009 the Chicago Sun-Times hailed it as ‘a work of impressive polish, complexity and emotional sophistication,’” says GDC Artistic Director Nan Giordano. “Ever since, we’ve been looking for the opportunity to secure Brock’s talent for the creation of another out-of-the-ordinary work for our exceptional dancers. I know audiences will thoroughly enjoy ‘going along for the ride’ when this work debuts at the Harris.”
Clawson’s expansive choreographic career includes commissioned works for the Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope, and The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, to name a few. Awards include the Dance Chicago 2005 Outstanding Choreography Award and the Cliff Dwellers Arts Organization's 2006 Choreographer of the Year Award; Clawson also received a Jeff Award nomination for his choreography for The Paramount Theater’s 2015 production of The Who's TOMMY.
In addition to Sneaky Pete, the April program will feature these popular works from the company’s repertoire: Israeli born Roni Koresh’s critically acclaimed, edgy, intense and dramatic full company work EXit4 (2013); Autumn Eckman’s “commonthread” (2009), performed by the five women of GDC to an eclectic original music composition and live accompaniment by musician Dan Myers; Kiesha Lalama’s full-company work Alegria (2011), using various movement styles to examine the universal human experience of searching, finding and ultimately accepting joy; Jon Lehrer’s Like 100 Men (2002), performed by the six men of GDC and which hints at the 1960’s era competitive male swagger and mod aesthetic;
Gus Giordano’s Sing, Sing, Sing (1983), a classic work choreographed in the Giordano Technique style and re-staged for the entire company of ten dancers.
Now in its 53rd year, GDC is one of the longest running professional dance companies in Chicago. Each year, the company’s innovative outreach program, Jazz Dance/Science & Health, reaches more than 400 CPS students in three neighborhood .
For more information or tickets to the upcoming performance, call 312.334.7777 or visit harristheaterchicago.org.