"SPRINGFOUR" Preview-Visceral Dance returns to the Harris Theater April 8th



Presents World PremiereSynapse”, by Nick Pupillo

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

“Minor Threat “by Mark Godden

and returning audience favoritesChanges” by Monica Cervantes and “Atlas” by Nick Pupillo


Nick Pupillo; photo by Katie Miller



     Harris Theater for Music and Dance         Chicago, IL     April 8th, 2017 | 7:30 PM


Visceral Dance Chicago will continue its fourth season offerings with SPRINGFOUR” at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, in Millennium Park, the third mainstage Chicago performance of the company’s fourth season. It will include a world premiere entitledSynapse”by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, as well as the technically charged Minor Threat” from Canadian-based choreographer Mark Godden.The “SPRINGFOUR” program will also mark the return of Nick Pupillo’s “Atlas” and Monica Cervantes’ exploration of fast paced relationships in our modern day, Changes”.

From "Atlas", Noelle Kayser and Mario Gonzalez; photo by Katie Miller

Pupillo’s Atlas”, a work that revolves around “the weight of the heavens upon one’s shoulders”, inspired by humanity’s passionate needs, returns to the mainstage. Set to music by The Turin String Quartet, the work explores the responsibility and expectation placed upon each and every individual, and the beauty inherent in striving for what is important to us.

“Changes” by Monica Cervantes, is brought back by high demand. Cervantes, named by Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch” internationally for 2013, crafted the piece with embedded snapshots and vignettes from daily life accompanied by driving and abstract ensemble movement.

From "Changes"; photo by Cheryl Mann

Mark Godden comes from Montreal to bring us Minor Threat”, an incredibly technical ballet that showcases each of the dancers’ versatility and strength. With choreography set to Mozart's “Piano Concerto in D minor No. 20”, "Minor Threat” is a delicate and vigorous creation, graced with vernacular episodes that are as grounded and as heavenly as its score.

Pupillo’s world-premiere 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 will stimulate the audience with a responsive interaction with music, dance and lighting. Electrical energy joins together the driving house beat of Darryl Hoffman's music coupled with the technicality and provocative prowess of Visceral Dance Chicago.

From "Synapse"; Paige Fraser and Riccardo Battaglia; photo by Leni-Manaa-Hoppenworth




From "Atlas"; Noelle Kayser and Mario Gonzalez; photo by Katie Miller

This reviewer had the opportunity to interview Visceral Dance Artistic Director Nick Pupillo on the eve of “SPRINGFOUR” about the company and their progress in the past year. Fresh from rehearsal, ebullient and charged with energy, he exclaimed, “The company as a whole has become exceptionally cohesive, stronger and extremely focused both individually and in terms of driving each other on to excel.” He marveled, “ They work in such a collaborative fashion!” Noting the diversity of the individual backgrounds and early training styles of his dancers, he enthused, “This year, they have absolutely come together! They are communicating on an intuitive and profound level. The energy has become collective rather than separate or disparate.”

From "Changes"; photo by Todd Rosenberg

Pupillo went on, “As a dancer, you have to focus on yourself individually for so very long. The troupe has transcended that and become a true collective.” When I asked him about his immediate goals for Visceral Dance, he responded from the heart, “The bar I’ve set for them is extremely high; we are constantly pushing at the limits of creativity and physicality”. After pausing to reflect, he added, “I’m not so much interested in what is to come as I am in what we must do to get to the next level”.



From "Synapse"; Noelle Kayser and Owen Scarlett; photo by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth


For tickets and information about Visceral Dance and “SPRINGFOUR”, go to the visceraldance website




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