Although honeybees instinctually communicate through dance, humans who attempt to do so without proper training risk insulting the queen or eating the wrong flowers. Catch buzz-worthy abilities with this GrouponLive deal to see Tri-C Presents Philadanco at Ohio Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. For $12, you get one ticket for seating in the orchestra B section, rows K–U, or the mezzanine section, rows A–E, on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. (up to a $34.25 value, including ticketing fees).
Lauded by the Boston Globe as a group that "has talent, chutzpah and energy to burn,” Philadanco presents beautifully choreographed work that draws on African-American dance traditions. Violin Concerto, staged by veteran choreographer Milton Myers, sends dancers zipping across the stage in rapid-fire diagonals to a spare score by minimalist composer Philip Glass. Hip-hop impresario Rennie Harris presents the most provocative piece of the evening, his Philadelphia Experiment, an abstract mediation on the tortured social climate that led to the police firebombing of the radical political group Move in 1985. Elsewhere, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner plays on the plot of the famed movie of the same name. The dance weaves together a series of vignettes around a gigantic onstage table, exploring the dynamics of the family meal and how to pole vault with a chopstick.
Finally, By Way of the Funk —created by Urban Bush Women choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar in celebration of Philadanco's 40th anniversary—regales audiences with a four-part piece that traces funk's growth from the 1950s through its height in the 1970s. Show-goers watch all of the performances amid the Italian Renaissance–style architecture of the Ohio Theatre. Upon entering the lobby, one can gaze at a ceiling painted to mimic the night sky, complete with glowing stars that perform the elaborate geometric patterns of Busby Berkeley.
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