- Steve Starr
It's April -- time for daffodils, Easter bunnies, tax deadlines and, of course, the Ormao Dance Company's Spring Concert. This year's performance will offer three new pieces of work to enjoy and ponder over as well as some old favorites to experience anew.
Ever the provocateur of discussion and serious thought, this time around the group has taken on some very weighty and vital issues, such as social isolation and the rampant, degenerative threat known as Alzheimer's.
Jan Johnson, the company's artistic director, is all too familiar with the far-reaching effects of Alzheimer's disease. Using the art of choreography, she pieces together a fragmentary illness, one that her own father suffers.
In this work, titled "Cracks in the Narrative," Johnson deals with the negative progression of the disease. She assures that it is "not a geriatric piece." Rather, she uses the dancers to interpret the missing pieces of time and narrative felt by those who live with the illness.
Johnson's work also exhibits the complicated and often disregarded dynamics of the patient-caregiver relationship. The score was made in collaboration with the Colorado Springs Conservatory and features hip-hop beats that override familiar tunes such as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Equally thought provoking is the new piece by Angela LaBorde. "A Gradual Awakening" deals with the self-imposed social isolation that nearly everyone experiences every day. With a score composed by local musician Chris Morris, LaBorde explores the ways in which we can make connections with those around us.
Also making a debut is "The Dream" by Kira Robbins. This piece is full of long, flapping coats and acrobatic leaps, set to music that includes the rapid-fire beats from the movie The Matrix.
-- Tamara Matthews
capsule Ormao Dance Company Spring Concert
Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 4 at 2 p.m.
Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.
Tickets: $13 advance, $15 at the door. $5 for children under 12.
Call 634-5583 for reservations and information