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Visceral Dance Chicago announces its Winter Engagement

Visceral Dance Chicago in Mark Godden's 'Minor Threat'. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.
Visceral Dance Chicago in Mark Godden's 'Minor Threat'. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

Visceral Dance Chicago has announced its Winter Engagement, February 17-26, with works by Danielle Agami, Mark Godden and Nick Pupillo, at the Ann Barzel Theater in Visceral Dance Center.

Israeli choreographer, and Artistic Director of Ate9, Danielle Agami returns to create her second work on the Company. Agami is known for her abstract vision and compelling edge.

Minor Threat by Mark Godden is a technically demanding contemporary ballet set to Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor. Originally created for the Alberta Ballet in 1996, Visceral Dance Chicago first performed this piece in 2017, and brings it back this season to showcase the technical range of the dancers.

Avow, by Founder/Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, is inspired by the expressive power from contemporary classical composer Lucia D’Alberto. Avow contemplates a notion that “everything we perceive is nothing but a dream within a dream.”

Ash in the Rainbow by Pupillo is a duet that serves as “a record of what has been lost and a prayer for what might be once again.” The work illustrates the struggle of communication needs and the void of touch and connection within a relationship during a transitional period of destruction and rejuvenation.

Pupillo’s Awake is an exploration inside the unconscious emotional state. The work is set to a diverse soundtrack that amplifies the dynamic range of each individual dancer.

Visceral Dance Chicago has been engaging and connecting its artists with audiences since 2013, and is now a nationally and internationally recognized driving force in contemporary dance. The company has developed a diverse and respected repertoire that continues to challenge audiences’ expectations. Visceral exemplifies Pupillo’s daring vision to explore the infinite possibilities of contemporary movement and present the best of emerging, established and innovative choreographers. The company has been praised for its exceptional technicality, diversity, versatility and daring athleticism.

Coinciding with the company’s 10th anniversary is the 15th anniversary of the Visceral Dance Center, which offers classes for youth and adults seven days a week, taught by industry professionals. Visceral Dance Center is known for its positive environment, exceptional faculty and a brand-new, spacious state-of-the-art facility located in the Avondale neighborhood along the Chicago River. This new space serves the growing needs of the entire Chicago arts community, which uses the building for rehearsals, workshops and auditions, and also includes an in-house theater space, the Ann Barzel Theater, available for performances and special events.

Visceral Dance Chicago will present its Winter Engagement from February 17-26. For tickets and more information, visit www.visceraldance.com/performances.

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