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November Dance at Krannert Center

Dancers are usually recognized more for their beauty than brawn. However, the performers in this weekend’s production of “November Dance” have a high dose of both.

Dance at Illinois will present “November Dance” on November 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. 

Concert director Linda Lehovec says that the show has a strong sense of physicality. For example, one of the choreographers, guest artist Earl Mosley, examines the athleticism behind movement in “Journey,” a high energy piece with 22 dancers who perform for a solid 18 minutes.

Each piece, though vastly different from one another, generates a sense of “story” for the audience.

C. Kemal Nance, a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois, sought inspiration from a mythical narrative for his piece, entitled “SHADE!” In this work, which has been restaged for Dance at Illinois dancers, dancing trees communicate a story around the themes of solidarity and communal joy.

“Joys and Perplexities,” a new work created by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Professor of Dance, is inspired by the music, poetry, and personal reflections of composer Lou Harrison.

In “Tom,” a duet for two men, Philip Johnston creates a narrative of movement inspired by the unpublished letters of Tom McKinney during World War I, chronicling his travels through Europe during a two-year span.

And finally, Dance at Illinois faculty member Kristie Simson and fashion designer Susan Becker have joined forces to create “Zeitgeist,” a pre-performance piece that uses fabric and motion to explore the concept of improvisation.

Lehovec says that each piece creates its own world through the use of movement and music.

“From one piece to the next, the performances are heartfelt and strong, the choreography physical and interesting, and the production elements magical.”  

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