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DK dancers put their best feet forward as choreographers in ‘DIVOS’

August 26, 2017

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“Divos” – Courtesy of IndyFringe. Used by permission.

In terms of physical ability, a dancer’s life as a performer is relatively short, so it is not uncommon for many to make a transition to choreographing or teaching.  If the pieces choreographed by Dance Kaleidoscope  company members and presented in “DIVOS,” Friday, at Theatre on The Square are any indication, the future of contemporary dance is in very good hands, indeed.

The program’s seven works and their creators included:  “Surround Yourself” by Stuart Coleman; “Dangerous Diana” by Brandon Comer; “Zeppelin” by Jillian Godwin; “Keep The Faith” by Mariel Greenlee; “Hurt” by Timothy June; “You Take My Breath Away” by Paige Robinson; and “Dream On” by Missy Thompson.

In trying to decide which of the pieces was my favorite, I found it nearly impossible to single out any one of them. Each, notable in its own right, was set to the music of the choreographer’s favorite male singer and reflected the dance artists’ individuality and aesthetics. Based on elements of each dancer’s personal lives, each dance was also very revealing as were their comments when they individually introduced their work. I was struck by just how vulnerable the artists were willing to be as they courageously shared their feelings in such a public manner—both in their work and in their own words.

As far as the choreography itself—it was obvious that each dancer had brought their tremendous  experience and knowledge as dancers to bear in work that was fresh and innovative.  The music choices of each dancer, which included that of Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, George Michael, Johnny Cash, Queen and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith made for an eclectic program that was alternately joyful, touching, inspirational and ultimately, highly entertaining. So much so that time simply flew by, leaving me to yearn for more.

Athletic and focused the company appeared as strong as ever with veterans Timothy June, Mariel Greenlee, Caitlin Negron, Brandon Coomer and apprentice Cody Miley standing out. Though the group has had some turnover, having lost some dancers who have since moved on, there are new faces. Performing as apprentices with the company and showing great promise are Marie Kuhns and Manuel Valdes.

You have one more chance to see “DIVOS” tonight at 10:30 p.m. on the Theatre on the Square main stage.

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Tom Alvarez

Tom Alvarez is a freelance writer who has covered theater, dance, music and the visual arts for 40 years. He has written for the Indianapolis Star, NUVO Newsweekly, Indianapolis Monthly, Arts Indiana and Tom appears regularly as a contributor on WISH-Channel 8's "Indy Style." A principal of Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC, he is co-creator of the company's original "Calder, The Musical" and managing director of its Magic Thread Cabaret. For information regarding both endeavors, visit Also an actor/model, Tom is represented by the Helen Wells Agency and Heyman Talent Artists Agency.

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