Archive for June 6, 2012

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” June 29-30

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Gregory Hancock
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

A timeless tale of love and jealousy, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame celebrates Victor Hugo’s dark tale with contemporary flair.  Traditional choral song sits amid contemporary French and English music for a rich blended score that punctuates the mixing of contemporary costuming with timeless peasant wraps.  An ever-changing cast reminiscent of the ancient Greek chorus sets the scene with which Hugo’s key characters are manipulated.  Dancers transform from Parisians to peasants, to nuns and vicars of Notre Dame.

Featuring a large cast, prolific storyteller, Gregory Hancock uses poignant moments mixed with athletic artistry to capture the essence of Quasimodo – the malformed man with a soul of gold, shunned for his looks alone.  Dazzled by the gypsy beauty Esmeralda, Quasimodo braves the world to befriend her.  The many eyes of Notre Dame look on as their mournful tale plays out.  The gypsy is hunted by the bell ringers’ guardian Dom Claude Frollo, toyed with by the handsome but insincere Captain Phoebus, and warned repeatedly about merciless destiny by her own protector, Clopin.  In the end it is the scorn and jealousy of Phoebus’ fiancée Fleur de Lys who seals Esmeralda’s fate, and plunges those who love her into a cataclysmic spiral.

This performance marks the return of Christine Thacker to GHDT.  Christine was the assistant director and principle dancer with GHDT for many years until her retirement.  Christine is coming out of retirement to dance the role of Esmeralda, which she originated.  She will be reunited with her long-time partner, Martin Casanova as Quasimodo.  The two have danced the famous pas de deux from The Hunchback of Notre Dame numerous times and occasions, including on tour in Europe and at the International Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga, Latvia.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame also includes guest artists Liang Fu, from Cincinnati Ballet, Ian Poulis from Kansas City Ballet and Dishank Vora from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

This June visit a younger, cruder Paris, before she was the City of Lights.  Where her dark and narrow boulevards disguised the deformity of certain souls, and true beauty and heroism are found in the everyday man.

Truly one of GHDT’s masterpieces, and an audience favorite, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a “must-see” performance.  Call for tickets today!  317-843-3800.


June 29-30, 2012 at 8:00 PM
The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts
3 Center Green, Carmel, Indiana 46032
TICKETS: 317-843-3800 or online at:
$38.50 for Adults – $33.50 for Students and Seniors

ABOVE: Martin Casanova as Quasimodo and Christine Colquitt Thacker as Esmeralda. Photo credit: Eryn Blair.