Mega Moves & Maxi-Motion is a one-hour performance program that is designed specifically for family audiences. This high-flying, fast-paced show features selections from the company’s repertory that are chosen specifically to engage and entertain young children and are loaded with visual and aural delights. The show includes Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli who introduces each dance and cues the audience on ideas and images to look for in each work. The program always contains a participatory element whether its children playing rhythms to accompany the dancers, coming up on stage to try a certain shape or calling out the names of specific movements every time they occur within a particular dance. Following the show, the dancers meet the audience and autograph company posters that are given to each young person.
Following is just a sampling of repertory that can be performed in Mega Moves & Maxi-Motion. The content of the show changes each time it is presented.
Animal Rhythms – ESDC partners with composer/percussionist Brian Melick in an exploration of animal movement (gazelle, giraffe and gibbon) through original live music.
Jammin’ – Sinopoli makes a sizzling connection with jazz and cabaret singer Laurel Masse and swing dancer Adrian Warnock-Graham.
Compas – A dance delightfully filled with the singular energy and dynamic of the “compas” (groove) for Flamenco Tango, Siguiriya and Bulerias. Maria Zemantauski’s stunning musical composition is fused with an array of jazz and funk that takes the dancers and audience on a most enticing ride.
Oh My… - A whimsical suite of five mood swinging dances, inspired by snippets of prose collected by Sinopoli and the music from the classical crossover disc “Appalachia Waltz” by Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor and Yo-Yo Ma.
“sunny…luxuriously lazy…fun and fickle…captured the imagination”
The Walk - A solo choreographed to music by Cornelius Duffalo of the string quartet Ethel that explores the styles of walking, but with a flair.
“[the dancer] was divine in this elegant dance in which she appears as a polished debutante practicing her entrance into the ball. She was gorgeous.” ~ Daily Gazette
Vooz-é-la - Set to four songs by Zap Mama whose eclectic mixture of styles hovers somewhere between soul, gospel, pygmy song and Afro-Cuban rhythms, ESDC’s dancers are propelled and inspired by the acrobatic female voices of these extraordinary singers.“a gorgeous, juicy dance, one of Sinopoli’s best…crisp, sensual and pure fun all at once.” ~ Times Union
Coming & Going – Dancing to music by “Junkman” Don Knaack, the entire company blasts it way onto the stage with high-flying energy, and fearless athleticism.
Relay – A fast paced energetic ensemble work.
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