Juilliard Was Here

If you haven't taken advantage of the many arts events in Aiken, including dance, you're missing out on some excellent stuff. I had the pleasure of attending a modern dance performance, part of Juilliard in Aiken 2015, last night at the URS Center on Newberry Street. 

Last night's program walked the audience through a brief but lovely history of modern dance, which evolved in the early 20th century out of dancers who felt constricted by classical ballet.  Even a classicist like me could access and appreciate the skill and artfulness of the show's three Juilliard-trained dancers. 

Adam Weinert inspired in 2 pieces choreographed by Ted Shawn and a third he choreographed in homage to this great American choreographer and founder of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Gorgeous Belinda McGuire performed excerpt from "Dances For Isadora," the beautiful tribute to modern dance creator Isadora Duncan by her follower José Limon, and a third piece called "Fable" that McGuire created in homage to Limon. 

Troy Ogilvie provided the most avant garde elements of the evening, with Margie Gillis' "Bloom," set to text by James Joyce from his epic poem Ulysses, and a contemporary work by Shannon Gillen. 

What are your feelings about modern dance? Does it feel freer and more "true" to you than ballet? Or is it less appealing to you than more classical dance forms? Share your comments or submit your own review to augustaballet@gmail.com

Marin Rose, Artistic Chair, Board of Trustees