Get an eyeful of art with this GrouponLive deal to see "The Nightingale and Other Dances," performed by Caroline Calouche & Co. at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. For $30, you get two mezzanine tickets on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. (a $60 value). Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
The youth company at Caroline Calouche & Co. stars in "The Nightingale and Other Dances," the troupe’s annual family program. The young dancers—most of whom are not yet in high school—display contemporary dance sequences and mind-boggling balance, agility, and control while hanging from long silks. Members of the Main Company will also be on hand in works that make audiences wonder where the room’s gravity toggle is located. The performance reaches its crescendo with Artistic Director Caroline Calouche’s reimagining of The Nightingale on silks, trapeze, and bungee cords.
Caroline Calouche & Co.
Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accouterments. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a mid-air pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy. Audience members who want to ply the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes.