Dance review: Giordano Dance Chicago

High energy, athletics, vivid spirit and dedication on display.

By ORA BRAFMAN
November 24, 2015 21:17
1 minute read.
Dance

GIORDANO DANCE CHICAGO. (photo credit: GORMAN COOK)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Founded by Gus Giordano in the late fifties as a jazz company, Giordano Dance shifted through the years and became a repertoire company when strictly jazz-based dance became an obsolete art form.

The Giordano Dance Company opened its door to a line of choreographers, yet retained through the dancers’ bodies echoes of the old schooling. Though the evening included six choreographic works by different makers, there were common denominators in their performance skills, which affect the company’s true versatility and options by trying to preserve the notions of its original founder.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The company’s capabilities are basically satisfying, though not outstanding, and their strong points include high energy, athletics, vivid spirit, and dedication.

Perhaps the most impressive piece was choreographed by Israeli-born Roni Koresh, founder of his own company in Philadelphia. His demanding Exit 4 is high-voltage work, which challenged the dancers.

It was interesting to see flashing references to Israeli dance works zealously performed by the Chicago group. One of the more interesting pieces of the evening, Like a Hundred Men (2002) choreographed by Jon Lehrer, drew attention with its sleek presence of five male dancers and captivating music by refined jazz musician Johnny Frigo. This piece retains the old school jazz-style dancing, in direct form. It is dated, for sure, but at least it knows where it is coming from and going, culturally.

All in all, Giordano Dance reflects the mainstream belt of American dance, with expected choices and conservative paths, and it often succumbs to entertainment horizons suited to audiences that grew up on mass media.

Related Content

Sodastream sold to Pepsico for 3.2 billion dollars, Aug 20, 2018
August 20, 2018
SodaStream to stay in Israel after $3.2 billion acquisition

By TAMARA ZIEVE