Spring is in the air and what better way to bring it in than with the three fabulous performances by Aszure Barton and Artists that Dance St. Louis presented on March 26 and 27. Her mastery of dance and theatre was so evident. Not only is her vocabulary so intriguing but the tensions and drama she conjures have you on the edge of your seat. I was fortunate to view all three of her performances, and somehow each time that the curtain went down to indicate the end of the dance the audiences remained riveted and not wanting to move. Sensing they had seen something very special.
Also important at Aszure Barton’s performances was the announcement of our 2010-2011 season. One for the ages that follows perfectly in the footsteps of what we have been trying to achieve with Dance St. Louis. I will not waste your time and deprive you of the joy of discovery, so do log unto www.dancestlouis.org and spend not a moment longer without renewing or subscribing to a season that does bring you the best the world has to offer in dance, for a fraction of what you would pay in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, etc.
And speaking of Chicago, I spent Easter Weekend in that great city up north. Though I enjoyed walking its streets and visiting museums, I was there to view dance and theatre. Friday night I entered the life experience that is Billy Elliot the Musical. For over two hours, audiences were left in suspended animation marveling at the theatricality of the work, the mastery of the artists, and the imaginative direction. If by now you checked our website you know that I was there because Billy Elliot is the finale of our 2010-2011 Season. You can get tickets right now as part of our season packages. When the show comes to St. Louis in Summer 2011, do not just run, dance your way to the Fox Theatre, as it will be something to cherish. If you have any contact with dancers, in this case specifically male dancers, the play will give you a valiant glimpse at what many of us endured. But not only was the play worth seeing, living it has been a joy.
Saturday, after a delightful dinner at an Italian restaurant named Gioco, I attended Hedwig Dances at Columbia College, an evening of three interesting works performed by one of Chicago’s leading contemporary dance companies. Each work marked a different point of view and therefore many opinions were shared by the audience. Though one would appeal more to me than the other, the evening as a whole was fascinating. And the company is going to be here for SPRING TO DANCE FESTIVAL. May 27, 28 and 29, 2010. A fabulous event. Be there!