Hannah Kahn Dance Company presents
“Closing In” and Other Dances
The Hannah Kahn Dance Company will present “Closing In” and Other Dances at the Cleo Parker Robinson Theater on October 26 and 27, 2018. The nine company dancers will bring to fruition seven works representing a 40 year span of Kahn’s creative output. The premiere on the program is set to music of Colorado’s own Daniel Kellogg, a professor at the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The fervent and heartfelt score has continued to inspire Kahn and the dancers through each and every rehearsal.
“Take It All In”, which had its premiere in April of this year, is set to three songs by acoustic rock singer and guitarist Zack Hechendorf. The dancers thoroughly enjoyed working with this delightful and current music. The movement and music seemed to bring the dancers’ personalities to the forefront, creating a fresh and sensual mood.
The company has reconstructed “Orchid”, a trio created in 1979. It was fascinating to work with the grainy old video which includes the young Mark Morris who went on to become one of the most successful choreographers of his generation. The spectacular interpretation, precision and clarity of his dancing have energized and motivated our current cast members.
“Closing In”, which had its premiere in June of this year at the Presenting Denver Dance Festival, is set to music of contemporary Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova. Kahn has created a sextet which follows the score’s journey from a driving and turbulent opening, through the fragmented and scurrying spurts of the more delicate central passages, and ending with a hymn-like and spiritual sense of acceptance.
Returning to “Yonder” nine years after it was created was inspired partly by the arrival of a recent addition to the company. Chris Page-Sanders, (formerly of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance) with his powerful performance quality and wonderful musicality, is the perfect linchpin for this sweeping group work which suggests some faraway and idyllic location. Chris provides a wonderful foil for long time company member Kimberly Chmielewski who matches his power with her supremely feminine version of his qualities.
“Go For Broke” (1988) and 3 excerpts from “Constellations” (2001) will complete the program.
Who: Hannah Kahn Dance Company
What: “Closing In” and Other Dances
When:, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30 P.M.
Where: Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre, 119 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80205
Activities of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company are supported by funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, the Gwen Bowen Family Fund of the Denver Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and the Denver Ballet Guild.