For their upcoming fall engagement, the innovative River North Dance Chicago will be premiering a solo work by up-and-comer Nejla Yatkin - a 2011 National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient & 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow - that features some serious visual pizazz: a dress in striking hue with an excellent 30 foot train (I'm a total sucker for both).
Set to the aria "Vissi d’arte" from Tosca (Puccini), "Renatus" - or "rebirth" - explores themes of beauty, the complexity of memory, migration, transformation, identity and multiculturalism. And the lucky lady who gets to wear this amazing frock is Jessica Wolfram, a longtime dancer with RNDC. "I am thrilled to begin the 2012 – 2013 season with world premiere pieces by exciting, fresh choreographers that challenge our dancers while offering RNDC audiences a completely new and stimulating experience,” adds the troupe's Artistic Director, Frank Chaves. “By committing to new choreographers we continue to fuel our dance community and create innovative, gutsy and unique pieces that allow dancers to grow and test themselves in so many ways.”
This year's RNDC Fall Engagement is November 16 & 17th, so don't blink or you might miss it. A better plan: why not get gussied up in your own fab frock & enjoy an evening of culture? Info about RNDC at RiverNorthChicago.com & tix can be purchased at HarrisTheaterChicago.org.
- Lesley Scott
(images: Cheryl Mann)