Visceral Dance Chicago to Return to Harris with SPRINGFOUR

Visceral Dance Chicago to Return to Harris with SPRINGFOUR

Visceral Dance Chicago will continue its fourth season offerings with SPRINGFOUR at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, the third mainstage Chicago performance of the company's fourth season.

It will include a world premiere, entitled Synapse, by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, as well as the technically-charged Minor Threat from Canadian-based choreographer Mark Godden. The SPRINGFOUR program will also mark the return of Pupillo's Atlas and Mónica Cervantes' exploration of fast paced relationships in our modern day, Changes (2014).

Pupillo's Atlas returns to the mainstage, a work which revolves around "the weight of the heavens upon one's shoulders," inspired by humanity's passionate needs. Set to music by The Turin String Quartet, the work explores the responsibility and expectation placed upon each and every individual, and the beauty inherent in striving for what is important to us.

Changes by Mónica Cervantes returns to the stage by high demand. Named by Dance Magazine as one of "25 to Watch" internationally for 2013, Cervantes' Changes imbeds snapshots and vignettes from daily life within driving and abstract ensemble movement.

Mark Godden comes from Montreal to bring us Minor Threat, an incredibly technical ballet which showcases each of the dancers' versatility and strength. [Choreography to Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor No. 20] Mark Godden's "Minor Threat is a delicate and vigorous creation, graced with vernacular episodes that are as grounded and as heavenly as its score".

Pupillo's world-premiere Synapse, commissioned for Visceral Dance Chicago by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance with support from the Pamela Crutchfield Dance Fund through the Imagine Campaign, is an LED-light immersive experience that will stimulate the audience with a responsive interaction with music, dance and lighting. Electrical energy joins together the driving house beat of Darryl Hoffman's work with the technicality and provocativeness of Visceral Dance Chicago.

Visceral is proud to return to the Harris Theater for SPRINGFOUR on April 8th, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Nick Pupillo, Founder and Artistic Director of Visceral Dance Chicago, graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet. In 2001, Pupillo joined the acclaimed Giordano Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for three years. Pupillo decided in 2006 to train and mentor young talent by developing the prestigious Visceral Studio Company.

In 2007, he founded Visceral Dance Center to provide the Chicago community with a new venue for artistic and technical growth. This facility continues to be a Chicago dance landmark. TimeOut Chicago lists Visceral Dance Center as "A bustling, well-appointed facility...with instructors from top companies and in-demand guest teachers." Utilized by a number of Chicago-based companies, Visceral Dance Center is home to its resident company, Visceral Dance Chicago.

Pupillo founded Visceral Dance Chicago in the fall of 2013. This repertory company presents his daring vision to explore the infinite possibilities of contemporary movement. The dancers of Visceral demonstrate this choreographic invention and are recognized for their technique, passion, and athleticism. In less than three years, Pupillo has led the company in a forthright direction, establishing a repertoire described as "expertly devised and stylish as they come." (Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune) He created five signature works for the company, Impetere, Senza di te, My Realm, Sum Noir and She Three. He has also commissioned world premieres by Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Monica Cervantes, Brian Enos, and Robyn Mineko Williams as well as company premieres by Ohad Naharin and Fernando Melo. Pupillo continues the company's bold vision this season, commissioning works by Marguerite Donlon, heightening the "distinct flavor to this fledgling company that differentiates it from the other high kick, high flair, contemporary dance companies." (Lauren Warnecke, Art Intercepts)

Pupillo has received various awards for his choreography, including "The Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Award" in 2005 and 2012 and "The Cliff Dwellers 2013 Choreographer of the Year." His work has been described as "a stroke of choreographic genius...complex, tumbling this portrait of perpetual motion." (Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune) "Nick Pupillo's world premiere piece, She Three, was by far one of the most visually stunning performances I have encountered thus far." (Rebecca Curl, Chicago Stage Standard) Pupillo is frequently invited to conduct master classes in the U.S. and around the world and has taught for the Jazz Dance World Congress, Chicago Dance Connection and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Pupillo is currently an artist in residence at Culver Academies.

Guest artist Mark Godden, choreographer and dancer (b at Dallas, Texas 21 Sept 1958), initially studied to be an actor but 1981 at the age of 20 he enrolled at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School's professional division and entered the RWB company upon graduating 3 years later.

Godden quickly became a soloist with the company, dancing leading roles in Classic and Neo-classical ballets. He became know in his work by European modernists such as Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig and Jiri Kylian. By the mid-1980s he was beginning to create ballets himself, and while he continued to dance into the 1990s, it rapidly became evident that his future lay in choreography. Many of his early choreographic experiments were conducted at the RWB's annual choreographic workshop, Fast Forward.

In 1989 Godden won the Clifford E. Lee choreographic award for Sequoia, now in the repertoire of several companies; his 1990 composition, Myth, won the year's top honour for new choreography at the International Ballet Competition in Varna; and in 1991 he shared first prize for new choreography at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki for La Princesse et le Soldat.

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