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“The best part of me is that I love what I do,” Roni Koresh said. “I live it. I sleep with it. It is what I am.” And it’s that passion that informs the world-renowned Israeli-born choreographer’s work. Known for pushing dancers to discover new levels of endurance and artistry within themselves, Koresh refuses to pigeonhole himself and instead opts for a style of ever-evolving movement. That highly technical and emotionally poignant signature can be seen at Giordano Dance Chicago’s Fall Series, alongside the styles of other renowned choreographers. While Koresh’s piece is the only world premiere of the evening, all the works will showcase a similar passion: that of the Giordano dancers, whose athleticism and invention have made them one of the country’s premier ensembles.
For more than half a century, Giordano Dance has helped set the tempo for American jazz dance. The 50-year milestone is especially remarkable considering the company’s humble beginnings—when it was first founded in Chicago in 1963, it was made up of only five dancers who roamed the highways in a station wagon, eager to share their art with the world. But they didn’t stay small for long. Just five years later, the group performed for the Bolshoi Ballet and so impressed the group that they were invited to travel with them overseas, try some borscht, and tour the Soviet Union—the first jazz company to embark on such a tour. Since then, Giordano Dance has grown to be one of the world’s preeminent ensembles, combining jazz, hip-hop, and modern techniques in joyous pieces staged by lauded choreographers.