AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT Set for Dance Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre, 10/19
Dance Masters Gordon Peirce Schmidt and Laura Berman of RPM Productions present An American Portrait choreographed by Gordon Pierce Schmidt, as the opening night performance for Dance Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. The piece, inspired by Winslow Homer's classic American painting "Snap The Whip" is danced to Aaron Copland's timeless masterpiece "Appalachian Spring." An American Portrait voices the power of the land and the people who tamed it and has been hailed as an emotional treat for audiences since its premiere in 2003. Also on the evening's program - all choreographed by Gordon Peirce Schmidt - will be Get Out Your Handkerchief with music by Christian Woehr, Bonhom with music by Christopher Rouse, Trois with music by Jean Sibelius and excerpts from Journee des Tziganes with music by John Jorgenson. Tickets for the evening are $30, $25 for students and seniors and can be purchased at www.athenaeumtheatre.org or by calling the box office at 773.935.6875.
Schmidt's An American Portrait features 12 dancers and the painting, "Snap the Whip," displayed in the foreground of the stage. The painting's sincerity, honesty and hope for a better future is what inspired Schmidt to create the work, which premiered at Devos Hall in 2003. The dancers featured in the piece and throughout the evening include: Jennifer Goodman, Autumn Eckman, Teanna Zarro, Katherine Bruno, RAndy Herrera, Paul Christiano, Malachi Squires, James Stevko, Luke Joiner, Michael Aaberg, Katie Aaberg
RPM PRODUCTIONS is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating works and programs which inter-weave the varied disciplines of the performing arts and visual media. With a history of successful artistic crossover collaborations backed by the talents of artistic associates, Gordon Peirce Schmidt, Laura Berman and Jeff Bauer, RPM PRODUCTIONS' goal is to develop and promote The Combined abilities of existing and emerging artists. By producing work which is project specific RPM PRODUCTIONS is able to assemble artistic teams of designers, videographers, writers and composers to create accessible new works which challenge and entertain a wider range of audience.