Dramatic! Giordano Dance Chicago Presents Illuminate at Harris Theater for Music and Dance (April 2, 2022)

EXit4 – 2013

Choreograper: Ronen Koresh with Joe Cotler

This dance features intense emotions and loud screaming. In the current climate, it feels like the dancers are expressing extreme frustration with the world. It contrasts well with Retroverse.

Retroverse – World Premiere

This is a very fun piece that features the cast running and dancing around in all white costume that looks like underwear. It’s joyful and fun. In these times, it feels like a celebration of the end of Covid lockdowns.

The Man That Got Away – 1990

Choreographer: Sherry Zunker

The Man That Got Away is the best piece of the night. Judy Garland sings as a woman dances dramatically while Michael McStraw, the Executive Director, dressed in a tuxedo stands still looking off to the left. He doesn’t react at all as she dances around him or even when she runs and jumps on him  The emotional singing by Garland is perfectly matched by the dancing of Ashley Downs. At the end, she embraces the man, who slips away and walks off stage as the audience erupts in applause!

Feelin’ Good Sweet – 2014

Choreographer: Ray Leeper

To start the second half, “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé plays as the dancers move slowly around the stage. The lyrics slowly build: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, for me. And I’m feeling good!” Then, the band comes in on the recording and the dancers burst to life. It’s an expertly choreographed dance to the song and the crowd goes wild. It’s an incredibly exciting performance and it’s a surprise that it is only taking place this weekend. It could surely sell out a week of a shows!

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Catch Giordano Dance Chicago next for their Summer Show at The Auditorium Theatre on June 11th.

Cost of a ticket: $20 – $90

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney


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