Something for everyone: Dance Kaleidoscope presents ‘Divas’


By Mark Ambrogi

Dance Kaleidoscope’s production “Divas” will provide something for everyone.

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Dance Kaleidoscope performer Jillian Godwin performs in Divas. (Photo by Chris Cral)

“Everybody is going to have memories to each of those songs,” said Paul Hansen, DK marketing director. “They are going to recognize everything. The choreographers are doing something really cool and different with that. So it’s going to be a really nice experience for everyone at many levels.”

“Divas” is set for Feb. 9 through 12 at the OneAmerica Stage at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis.

“Act I is pretty cool because it features nine of the dancers as choreographers,” Hansen said. “So nine of our dancers have each choreographed a song by a music diva.”

The dancers performed that Act 1 program as the “Divas Workshop” at the IndyFringe Festival last summer.

“That’s where they started to develop it and now you are going to see it fully evolved on the main stage of IRT,” Hansen said.

Hansen said this helped the dancers develop their skills a choreographers.

“Dancers are like athletes and the body only last so long,” Hansen said. “It’s developing a skill they can use later and developing another side of their artistry. They use different dancers in each of their pieces.”

Among the performers’ songs choreographed by the dancers are from Annie Lennox, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Patti LaBelle.

“It’s always fun to do pieces that you love and you know the audience is going to love,” Hansen said.

DK artistic director David Hochoy has debut a performance tribute to Janis Joplin, one of his favorite singers.

“It’s pretty spectacular,” Hansen said. “Jillian Godwin is a dynamo, a rock star of a dancer, and (Hochoy) has done an incredible solo for her to Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Act II also will feature new work choreographed by guest artist Nicholas A. Owens and set to songs by Aretha Franklin.

The show is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

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