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reviewed by Adam Crowe

I must extend enormous gratitude to Ken for allowing me my very first chance to review Dance Kaleidoscope. Their current offering, presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis, is DIVOS (The Men) and will be performed over this weekend at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. It is, quite simply, not to be missed.

My background in Dance is as an uneducated audience member only. My first experience with Dance Kaleidoscope was many years ago as a part of the IMA’s Penrod Festival. My initial feelings of “modern dance intimidation” were entirely unfounded, as DK’s fluency in all manner of choreography and musical forms drew my attention and my admiration. I also came to look forward to DK’s participation in the yearly Indianapolis production of “Spotlight”. This Charity event, now underwritten by Deborah Simon, is a fundraiser for Indianapolis’ Damien Center and brings together dozens of local artists in creating an evening of one-night-only entertainment. DK Founder David Hochoy was one of the people instrumental in creating “Spotlight”, which, BY THE WAY, takes place at Butler University on April 23rd.

Cody Miley-Jillian Godwin-Manuel Varges-RAIN-SM

Cody Miley, Jillian Godwin and Manuel Varges in RAIN-SM

As much as I have enjoyed watching Dance Kaleidoscope perform as a part of these other events, an evening like DIVOS (The Men), centered exclusively on the Company and its talents, raised my admiration to new levels. Choreography credits for DIVOS (The Men) go out to seven of the Company members, along with founder Hochoy and special guest Nicholas A. Owens. The mix of choreographers matches beautifully with the Divos of the title – male musical artists or groups that inspired each of the individual pieces. The DK Company takes such disparate sources as Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Queen, Led Zepplin, and George Michael and creates an eclectic and electric array of short pieces, with Hochoy and Owens tackling longer Elton John and Prince pieces respectively in Act Two. The IRT Mainstage felt remarkably intimate and the audience was captivated from the opening curtain.

Brandon Comer-Eltoniana

Brandon Comer in Eltoniana

Critical to the entire production were Laura Glover’s lighting and Michael Lamirand’s sound designs. They were exceptional, and both add to and support each choreographer’s vision. If you’ve never seen Dance Kaleidoscope in person, this production is a terrific introduction. The familiar artists and music offer an easy gateway to some striking dance pieces, both lighthearted and deeply emotional, brought fully to life by cast and crew.

DIVOS (The Men) runs until April 8th, on the Mainstage of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, located at 140 West Washington Street. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the website at DanceKal.org or by calling (317) 635-5252. Tickets will sell quickly for such a short run, so don’t delay.

  • – Photos by Freddie Kelvin

 

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