Rockford Dance Company launches subscription campaign
Margaret C. Faust, artistic director of Rockford Dance Company, announces the companys 29th season. Subscriptions for the three productions at the beautifully restored Coronado Theatre are now on sale through the MetroCentre Box Office, (815) 968-5222. Prices range from $49 to $73 for the season, with special discounts for seniors and students. The series features a classic story ballet, American jazz dance, and a showcase for RDCs acclaimed company of dancers. Season subscribers have the privilege of first choice in seating locations and may retain those locations when renewing next year. Subscribers also save 10 percent off the price of single tickets. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale November 1.
Family Holiday Classic
Opening the series on Thanksgiving weekend, Rockford Dance Companys production of The Nutcracker traditionally sets the mood for the festive holiday season to follow. This magical tale of toys that come to life and a dream journey to a fantastic kingdom always delights young and old. After the clock strikes midnight, Clara begins her dream, as a ragtag army of mice attacks a battalion of toy soldiers. Soon, she finds herself transported to a land of sweets where the residents entertain her with all the familiar dances of The Nutcrackerthe leaping Russian dancers, the exotic Chinese dancers, the Arabian princess, the glittering toy flutes, and the magnificent waltzing flowers. Dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy this year is former Rockford Dance Company member, April Daly. A graduate of the School of Rockford Dance Company, she now dances as a member of the Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C. Returning as the Cavalier is Cuban-born and trained Rolando Yanes, a frequent guest artist from the Milwaukee Ballet.
World-famous American Jazz Company
A guest company has always been a component of the RDC season to bring a variety of styles to Rockford. This year, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will present an exuberant program on February 23. Founded in 1962 to preserve the best of this uniquely American style of dancing, the company has gained international stature as the leading jazz dance organization. At times, they jump, jitterbug and swirl across the stage. At other times, they are laid back and mellow as they portray couples in love. Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago always provides a performance filled with fun and entertainment.
20th Century Express
Closing the season on March 29, the entire Company stars in 20th Century Express, a showcase for the talented RDC dancers featuring the choreography of Artistic Director Margaret C. Faust. All the music was written in the WW I and WW II periods, and has become popular in the orchestral repertory.
In Connotations, Ms. Faust uses Anton Weberns 1909 Five Pieces for String Orchestra to express the anxieties of the early 20th century. Benjamin Brittens dramatic and evocative Four Sea Interludes from his 1945 opera, Peter Grimes, forms the backdrop for an exciting retelling of the King Lear story in dance.
Interplay, a 1943 piano concerto by American composer Morton Gould, sparkles with jazz styles and other American idioms.
One of Sergei Rachmaninovs last compositions, the 1941 Symphonic Dances, looks back to the Romantic era in style, but with the rich musical vocabulary you would expect from a Hollywood film score. Symphonic Dances, with its quicksilver changes of mood and infectious melodies, provides opportunities for the entire Company to showcase their talents. In all, 20th Century Express takes the audience on a nostalgic trip through that wonderful era of steam locomotives and art deco