"Season 5" Preview-Visceral Dance opens at the North Shore Center and the Harris Theater




OPENING EVENT: September 16th and October 7th

-The Fall Engagement program will be performed at both The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts and The Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

 “Pick a Seat”, a world premiere by Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Recipient Danielle Agami with audience favorites “Ruff Celts” by Marguerite Donlon, Minor Threat by Mark Godden, “Synapse” and “She Three” by Visceral Dance Artistic Director Nick Pupillo.

With an original composition by Glen Kotche, drummer of groundbreaking American rock band “Wilco”, Danielle Agami's “Pick a Seat” delves into the simple workings, habits and attitudes of everyday life in an exploration of the ordinary.

"Ruff Celts"; photo by Cheryl Mann

Marguerite Donlon's dynamic, dark-humored “Ruff Celts” returns to the Harris stage for the second time. Inspired by the personalities of these dancers, Donlon uses a mixed score of modern Irish and German composers. A fusion of contemporary and deconstructionist technical vocabularies define this sharp-witted, quirky, full-company work that has become a crowd favorite.

Returning to the Company's offerings is Montreal-based Mark Godden's “Minor Threat”, an incredibly technical ballet showcasing each dancer’s versatility and strength. Set to Mozart's “Piano Concerto in D minor”, Op. 20, "Minor Threat” is a delicate and vigorous creation, graced with vernacular episodes that are as grounded and as heavenly as its score.

"Minor Threat"; photo by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Nick Pupillo's most recent creation, Synapse”, commissioned for Visceral Dance Chicago by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance with support from the Pamela Crutchfield Dance Fund through the Imagine Campaign, is an LED-light immersive experience that has stimulated the Chicago audience with a responsive interaction of music, dance and lighting. Electrical energy joins together the driving house beat of Darryl Hoffman's work with the technicality and provocativeness of Visceral Dance Chicago. 

"Synapse"; photo by Michelle Reid

Nick Pupillo’s “She Three” returns to the stage, bringing three of Visceral’s female dancers to the forefront in this technically masterful and harmonious work. Brian Sidney Bembridge's specific and intriguing lighting is featured throughout “She Three”, creating a formidable and tangible connection between the dancers onstage.


"She Three"; photo by Frank Yan

-The second mainstage Chicago performance by the company will be its two-night run of “SPRINGFIVE,” on Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th at 7:30 PM at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The company will celebrate its five-year anniversary season with striking world premiers by international choreographer Guest Artist Kevin O'Day and Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, returning work by Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Recipient Danielle Agami, as well as reprised audience favorites. SPRINGFIVE showcases the growth and impressive coming-of-age of this dynamic Chicago company. 

-Returning this year by popular demand, “The Dream” will be performed on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 PM at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Based on "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic live onstage, this emotionally charged, full-length narrative features the dancers of Visceral at their most dynamic and technically gifted. 

"The Dream"; photo by Quinn Wharton

-Visceral's fifth season will be rounded out with the fifth installation of “SOLUS”, May 17th, 18th and 19th, at 1st Ward Events, Chicago). Individually featuring the ten dancers of Visceral in solos created by ten Chicagoland choreographers, SOLUS has become an audience favorite. Allowing the audience a closer view in a less formal setting, SOLUS offers the Chicago community the opportunity to see the personal work and full range/spectrum of the company's abilities.

Caitlin Cucchiara in "Solus Worldview"; photo by Anna Long


On the eve of the season 5 opener, this reviewer spoke with Nick Pupillo about the Agami opening premiere and the strengths of his maturing Company. Always candid and exuberant, Pupillo remarked:

"Danielle Agami's new work, 'Pick A Chair', is unlike anything we have in our repertoire; it takes the moves to an entirely new level of variety and divergence. Her movement language and artistic voice are very unique- they are memorable, striking and important. One major factor in this piece is that it pulls from each dancer their own distinct qualities; they will not all look the same as they execute the choreography."

The troupe itself, Pupillo advised "Has quite a few new dancers. As we enter this 5th season, 3 men and 1 woman have been replaced. The new configuratiion looks amazing! They are on the same page and everyone is ready."

Indeed, Visceral Dance Center is looking for a new home. "As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Dance Center as a whole, we need more room to expand. We are goal-oriented to conquer!".

Nick Pupillo, Artistic Director, Visceral Dance; photo by Katie Miller


 VISCERAL DANCE SEASON OPENER, 2 events, 2 locations:

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL   

September 16 | 7:30 PM


Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL     

October 7 | 7:30 PM



For information and tickets, go to the Visceral Dance website





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