Chicago’s Hedwig Dances celebrates a 30-year legacy with One Grand Dance, a retrospective of and reflection on 30 years of creating dances under its company banner and 40 years of work by founder and artistic director Jan Bartoszek.
According to Bartoszek, One Grand Dance refers to the idea that one's body of work is related to and reflects the ideas, concerns, idiosyncrasies, style and voice of its author. "Throughout my career, I have been engaged by the intersection of movement and objects," Bartoszek said. "Movement transforms objects, animating the inanimate, and objects lend poetic imagery to movement." The title of the evening, One Grand Dance is the means of linking selected works from Bartoszek's repertoire.
Also on the program, company member and choreographer Edson Cabrera will premiere Bangeulu. The word "Bangeulu" is of African origin and means literally where the water meets the sky, or the infinite horizon or timelessness. The dance is structured as three duets based on the theme of relationships between friends, family members and lovers.
The evening also includes a 30-year video retrospective edited by filmmaker Nadia Oussenko. And in conjunction with the celebration, Hedwig Dances is re-releasing Bartoszek's dance-for-the-camera film Arch of Repose with a new music score by Richard Woodbury (date and site to be announced).
Hedwig Dances presents One Grand Dance Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Tickets are are available at the Athenaeum Box Office. For more information, visit hedwigdances.com.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Hedwig Dances in ASCENDance (photo by Vin Reed).