Ruth Page Dance Series
The bill of fare for the second of three weekends in this series looks very tasty. Of four groups, two have won Ruth Page awards for their choreography--no easy task, since it's simpler to agree on good dancers than it is to find a choreographer with broad-ranging appeal. Last fall Billy Siegenfeld of the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project won for his rhythmically sensitive jazz-dance pieces to such diverse music as swing, Latin jazz, and the blues. And in 1996 the artistic directors of Xsight! Performance Group won for their collaborative effort Cycles of Unveiling, a modern piece that used nudity and gestures of caring to convey simultaneous vulnerability and strength. For this program, Siegenfeld presents a new suite to music composed and arranged by jazz bassist Christian McBride, while members of Xsight! offer two new duets, one by longtime artistic partners Peter Carpenter and Marianne Kim--whose ragged juxtapositions of words (Carpenter) and images (Kim) are always on the edge--and the other by two superb Xsight! dancers, Holly Quinn and Julia Rhoads. Also on the program are the brand-new second section of Melissa Thodos's Piece of Peace (the first was performed during her company's January concerts at the Harold Washington Library) and Dame Libby Komaiko's new neoclassical Spanish and flamenco piece for Ensemble Espa–ol Spanish Dance Theater, Tributo, honoring the memory of former ensemble member Juan Ramon. Friday and Saturday at 8 in the auditorium of Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. Saint Louis; $10-$15. Call 773-794-2538 for tickets, 773-794-6138 for information, including group rates.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by William Frederking.