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‘Superhero’ at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Apr. 4-5

March 14, 2014 Leave a comment
'Superhero' at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

‘Superhero’ at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

Press Release
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

SUPERHERO: the story of a man called Jesus
April 4-5, 2014 at 7:00 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

SUPERHERO: the story of a man called Jesus is truly one of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s masterpieces and signature works.  This critically acclaimed, full-length modern ballet follows the last week of the life of Jesus as told through the perspective of Jesus and the women surrounding him, and his complicated relationships with Judas Iscariot.  Set in “anytime” and “everyplace”, this beautiful work portrays both large and small events in Jesus’ last days, both of which are ultimately significant.  SUPERHERO is a “whirl of energy…through color, light, movement, and sound” and is a timeless retelling of a story about a man who changed history.

Artistic Director Gregory Hancock uses his world-class dancers, his award-winning choreography, vibrant costumes and contemporary music to create a stunning work of emotion.  The set design of Gregory Hancock utilizes texts from the Gospels written in Greek, Latin, Aramic and English that submerges the audience into the story.

SUPERHERO features GHDT dancers Martin Casanova as Jesus, Heather Helene King as Mother Mary, Melanie Eakman as Mary Magdalene and guest artist Liang Fu as Judas.

Back by popular audience demand, SUPERHERO is truly a “must-see” performance.  Experience the passion of this story captured beautifully through the performances of the dancers of GHDT.  SUPERHERO gives flight to the soul.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

Photo: Heather Helene King and Martin Casanova. Photo by: Eryn Blair

Motionhouse Dance Company at Clowes Hall, Mar. 28

March 7, 2014 Leave a comment
Motionhouse at Clowes Hall

Motionhouse at Clowes Hall. Image provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Acclaimed British dance theatre-company Motionhouse makes its Indianapolis debut with “Scattered,” March 28, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, as part of its 2014 United States tour.

Tickets for the visually stunning, physically demanding production are available by calling 800-982-2787 and online at

“Scattered” is directed by Motionhouse’s Artistic Director Kevin Finnan and combines Motionhouse’s trademark highly physical dance theatre and mesmerizing imagery in a unique interaction between film and live performance. Finnan collaborated with filmmakers of Logela Multimedia from the Basque region of Spain.

“‘Scattered’ explores our relationship with water and how it surrounds us in different forms throughout our lives,” Finnan said in a show press release. “In birth, water ties us to life and on a more elemental scale. In ice, floods and tides, it can sweep lives away. ‘Scattered’ delves into the majesty and savagery of water, a fundamental force in our lives, as seven dancers plunge into an ocean, wrestle a raging tide, and slide on an avalanche to a frozen landscape of arctic beauty. “

Performed on a huge curved floor that disappears skywards, the performance uses projection technology, daring dancing, plus aerial harnesses and bungees to create an extraordinary world in which the dancers move seamlessly in, on, and through the image. The performers are at one moment on the stage, and then suddenly sprinting up the upstage curved wall (think snowboard half pipe or skate ramp), immersing themselves in sensational images of cascading waterfalls, rainstorms, and swimming pools.

“We create startling, passionate dance theatre,” Finnan said. “Our productions are designed to challenge as well as delight our audiences, and they fuse images with action and dynamism. Our performances are rooted in dance but draw on theatre, circus, acrobatics, and film to create works that make audience members think and feel. We pride ourselves on producing shows of outstanding quality that are accessible and enjoyable for all.”

For more information and a complete tour schedule, log on to

Finnan and Louise Richards founded Motionhouse in 1988. Their company has since become one of the leading dance theatre companies in the United Kingdom. Since its launch, the company has toured 19 full-scale productions, built up a formidable educational program for schools and colleges across the U.K., trained dozens of dancers, pushed contemporary dance into the aerial arena by combining choreography with sling and bungee skills, and developed large-scale site-specific dance spectacles with increasing ambition and shorter festival pieces for performance in a wide range of public places and spaces.

Dance Kaleidoscope ‘Kings and Queens of Country,’ Mar. 6-16

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment
Kings and Queens of Country

Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Kings and Queens of Country.”
Image provided by Dance Kaleidoscope and used with written permission

Press Release
Dance Kaleidoscope

Country music meets contemporary dance when Dance Kaleidoscope presents “Kings and Queens of Country” on the Indiana Repertory Theatre Upperstage, Mar. 6-16, 2014.

With all new choreography, the DK dancers perform to a full evening of country music. As with all DK dance pieces, expect a cool vibe and a couple of surprises.

After the two Saturday evening Kings & Queens performances (March 8 and 15), DK will offer a Honky Tonk in the IRT Cabaret (3rd floor). Indianapolis band The Revelators will play and partner Sun King Brewing Company will offer complimentary beverages. Limited to 75 people, Tickets – $22 in advance at 317-940-6555 or $25 at door.

Following the Thursday (March 13) Kings & Queens performance, DK dancers Emily Dyson, Phillip Crawshaw and Aleksa Lukasiewicz will teach Line Dances and a Two-Step in the IRT Cabaret (3rd floor). Partner Sun King Brewing Company will offer complimentary beverages. Limited to 75 people, Tickets – $12 in advance at 317-940-6555 or $15 at door.

Kings & Queens of Country Performances
Thursday, March 6, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 West Washington Street in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, directly west of the Indianapolis Artsgarden. For more information, visit, or call 317-635-5252.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 2-8, 2013

December 1, 2013 Leave a comment

‘The Nutcracker’ at Clowes Hall, Dec. 5-8

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment
'The Nutcracker' by Butler Ballet at Clowes Hall

‘The Nutcracker’ by Butler Ballet at Clowes Hall, Dec. 5-8.
Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

See holiday gifts come to life, an army of toy soldiers battle mice, and a string of flowers perform a waltz Dec. 5-8, 2013, as Butler Ballet presents five performances of The Nutcracker at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 6; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 7; and 2 p.m. Dec. 8.

Tickets are $21.50-$28.50 for adults; $17-$23 for children, students and seniors; $14-$20 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available at the Clowes Hall box office or through Ticketmaster. For telephone orders, call 800-982-2787.

Butler Ballet’s 31st annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will feature 112 Butler dancers, plus 33 young dancers from the Indianapolis community. This year’s Nutcracker will be accompanied by the Butler Symphony Orchestra under the director of Richard Auldon Clark.

“It’s a great Nutcracker,” said Larry Attaway, chair of Butler’s Dance Department. “The students look wonderful, and we’re very excited about it.”

Many of the main roles have been double-cast to give Butler Ballet’s 34 seniors a chance to showcase their talents.

Katherine Currier (Norwich, Vt.), and Shelby Shenkman (Boca Raton, Fla.), share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Christian Griggs-Drane (Richmond, Va.) and Stuart Coleman (Lynchburg, Va.) will bring the Nutcracker to life.

Margaret Carey (Dayton, Ohio) and Alexandra Benson (Jacksonville, Fla.) will dance the role of Snow Queen. Samuel Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and George Vargas (Grasonville, Md.) will be Snow King.

The Dew Drop Fairy will be danced by Carly Hambridge (Matthews, N.C.) and Ashleigh Chuang (Collinsville, Conn.), and Conner Horak (a junior from Fort Collins, Col.) and Zachary Kukla (LaPorte, Ind.) will play the Cavalier.

In a change from the past few years, the roles of Clara and Fritz will be danced by children from the Indianapolis community rather than Butler Ballet dancers. Michaela Sanger, a freshman at Herron High School in Indianapolis, will play Clara, and Peyton Barnes, a fourth-grader at Southwest Elementary School in Greenwood, will be Fritz.

And James Cramer ’81, community relations manager at Clowes Hall, will reprise the role of Drosselmeyer.

As always, all Butler Dance faculty—Cynthia Pratt, Marek Cholewa, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, Patrick Hinson, and Associate Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts Michelle Jarvis—have a hand in the choreography.

“It’s going to be a wonderful, traditional Nutcracker, and yet have a real different look than people are used to with us” because faculty members handle different choreography assignments each year, Attaway said.

For more information, visit, or call 317-940-6444.


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