Valentines: The House Theatre’s "Love-O-Rama", Giordano Dance Company toasts Valentine

 

Love-O-Rama to benefit The House Theatre

housetheatre-icon Hosted by The Vanguard, the Young Professionals Board of The House Theatre of Chicago, Love-O-Rama is an annual pre-Valentine’s Day benefit.  The party is on Thursday, February 5th at Nick’s Uptown (4015 N Sheridan Rd) from 7 to 11 p.m.  Guests can mingle with company members of The House as they enjoy drink specials throughout the evening along with a DJ, dancing, raffle prizes, a make-out booth and other surprises! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.loveorama.net.  Proceeds benefit The House Theatre of Chicago.

 

GJDC's Meghan McDermott in Pyrokinesis Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago performs Impulse Photo Pedro Brenner 

 

    Centre East presents Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago Valentine’s Day

 

Centre East, in Skokie, will present the critically acclaimed Evanston-based Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. They will perform an encore of selections from their acclaimed program of new and revived works by choreographers mentored or inspired by the late founder Gus Giordano, including:

  • Jon Lehrer’s A Ritual Dynamic.
  • Gus Giordano’s solo piece “Wings, recreated by former GJDC dancer Susan Quinn Williams.
  • Sherry Zunker’s The Man That Got Away. a “pas de deux for one”
  • “Giordano Moves” (2005) co-choreographed by Nan Giordano and former GJDC dancer and company Associate Director, Jon Lehrer. This piece features 10 dancers performing to an original jazz score by George McRae.

The evening will be capped with Post-Show Champagne with the dancers!

 

GJDC's Cesar Salinas in Gus Giordano's WINGS Photo by Pedro Brenner

Gus Giordano – father of jazz dance – dies at 85

Gus Giordano 1When leafing through the Chicago Tribune this morning, I was surprised to read about the death of Gus Giordano, the father of jazz dance, at the defiant age of 85.  I had direct contact with Gus back in the 80’s, when I was music-directing for Northwestern University’s Waa-Mu show.  Each year, Gus was always the choreographer, and I was always impressed in how well he was able to work with the Waa-Mu cast.  And he was always a warm and good-natured guy.  I’m very sorry to see that he has passed away, but he definitely has left a cultural mark, his jazz-dance style being incorporated into everything from musical theatre to music videos.  Bravo!

The Chicago Tribune has a fitting obit online.