Avid David Hochoy fans, who are legion, know just how truly creative—not to mention prolific—he is. Since becoming artistic director of Dance Kaleidoscope in 1991, Hochoy has choreographed over 75 works. For DK’s second concert of the season, “Classic Greats,” Hochoy couldn’t have selected nor programmed three better ones than those presented on the OneAmerica Stage at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
The enthusiastic crowd at Saturday’s performance attended by byteclay.com was modest-sized but highly responsive throughout the entire concert. “El Salon Mexico” (2000) with music by Aaron Copland was featured in Act 1. “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy” was set to “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” by Tchaikovsky (2012) and “Frank’s Way” (2012) was choreographed to music by various composers and sung by Frank Sinatra.
Former DK costumer Cheryl Sparks’s hand painted costumes were eye catching during “El Salon Mexico” which was inspired by a 1991 trip Hochoy took to Mexico during which he was exposed to Aztec culture. Fascinated by their stone carvings, Hochoy brought them to life in this work through movement that mirrored the exotic style of Hochoy’s mentor and teacher, Martha Graham. Combined with Copland’s symphonic composition and lighting designer Laura Glover’s magic touch, the “architectural” piece marvelously captured the mystery and majesty of Mexico. Featured in the piece were dancers Stuart Coleman, Jillian Godwin, Mariel Greenlee, Timothy June, Aleksa Lukasiewicz, Caitlin Negron, Noah Trulock and Zach Young.
“Romeo and Juliet Fantasy,” which is probably one of the most dramatic works in Hochoy’s entire repertoire, made a deep impression. Set to Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem in sonata form based on Shakespeare’s iconic story of the two doomed young lovers, Hochoy’s choreography beautifully encapsulated the exquisite emotional content of the composer’s sweeping music. Three couples representing Romeo and Juliet at three different points in the story included Caitlin Negron and Noah Trulock; Mariel Greenlee and Timothy June; and Jillian Godwin and Zach Young who all performed impeccably, as did Missy Trulock and Stuart Coleman who played an older/parental pair. Also dancing in this piece were Emily Dyson, Aleksa Lukasiewicz and apprentice, Marte Osiris Madera, whose strong presence and musicality demonstrated that great things are ahead for this DK newcomer.
The highlight of “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy” was the tragedy’s climactic scene, featuring Hochoy’s ingenious choreography that made it possible for the Juliet character to descend from the balcony by walking upon the backs of the configured dancers in order to reach the floor where she meets Romeo. Completing the romantic atmosphere of the scene was the dreamy quality of Glover’s lighting design which featured a full moon projected on a scrim behind the dancers.
Finishing off the evening with a flourish was “Frank’s Way” which saw the entire company dance joyously to Hochoy’s Broadwayesque choreography set to such Sinatra hits as “Come Fly with Me,” “High Hopes,” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” A crowd favorite was the spunky and always irrepressible Jillian Godwin dancing solo to “That’s Life.” Showing charisma and a likeable personality was Stuart Coleman who danced solo in “Theme from New York, New York” prior to being joined by the entire cast in an exhilarating conclusion to a satisfying evening filled with variety and stimulating entertainment.
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