Dance Kaleidoscope features ‘Soul Sisters’

Jillian Godwin dancing to the music of Janis Joplin. (Photo by Chris Crawl)

Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Soul Sisters” features a unique blend of dances to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin.

“This is the first time these three pieces have been performed together and they really complement each other,” Dance Kaleidoscope Marketing Director Paul Hansen said.

The performances are set for 8 p.m. Aug. 4 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

David Hochoy choreographed the piece. Jillian Godwin performs to the music of Janis Joplin.

“David captures the power and pain in Janis Joplin’s voice through fast, syncopated movements that go with her more upbeat songs; and slow, sensual gestures to compliment her ballads,” said Godwin, an Indianapolis resident. “At times seemingly out of control, sometimes with moments of precision, the choreography takes the audience on a journey of the joy and sorrow that is Janis Joplin.”

Godwin said Joplin’s songs provide the inspiration with the rawness in her voice.

“I try to channel her pain in a solo I get to perform to ‘Me and Bobby McGee,’” Godwin said. “We’ve all experienced people who ebb and flow in and out of our lives, leaving us feeling empty, longing for their touch or yearning to hear their voice one last time. I draw on my own experiences as well to depict a story of love, loss and acceptance.”

Hochoy serves as choreographer for the Fitzgerald piece. Nicholas A. Owens is the choreographer for Franklin’s portion of the show.

Hansen said the company usually performs once a year at the Center for the Performing Arts.

“The stage is so beautiful, and dance looks great there,” Hansen said. “We’re happy to give our patrons a chance to see us at a different venue. We thought it is perfect for the summer because it’s a fun celebration of three vocalists who have very different styles of music, so it will take you on a musical journey. It’s a great escape for the summer.”

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