A PRE-ELECTION EXTRAVAGANZA
The Green Table Suite
An evening of dance inspired by current events and our study of
Kurt Jooss's The Green Table
Talk Back – join the choreographers and dancers after the performance.
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Rehearsal of opening scene
Create. Collaborate. Emerge.
from The Joffrey Ballet performance of The Green Table 2012 - Photo by Herbert Migdoll*
CHOREOSPACE is funded by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Village of Oak Park, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Peace Center, Berwyn, IL, is a proud sponsor of The Pre-Election Extravaganza!
A Pre-Election Extravanza! features choreography by Diane VanDerhei, Margo Ruark, Connor Cornelius, Mari Kodama,and invited guest artists. Dancers are selected from the regional dance community and represent a multi-generational cross section of performers.
DATE: Saturday, October 27, 2018
TIME: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Intuit Dance, 237 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
Tickets: $5 for students, $10 for adults.
Purchase tickets at the studio.
Created in Germany between the two world wars, The Green Table was one of the first modern ballets with a social commentary. With the dark imagery and simplicity of the Bauhaus style, it became a riveting and timeless commentary on the futility of war and the horrors it causes.
Restaging The Green Table is not our goal, but rather it is a jumping off point for our own original choreography, improvisation and conversation about social justice and finding our own avenues to peace in the 21st Century.
For example, in the original ballet, Kurt Jooss used gestures and body posturing as a building block of the opening diplomats scene. Fists pound, performers lean across the table, do hitch kicks in the air, and point at each other with forceful body language. Our opening scene takes gestures and poses of politicians as shown in the pages of The New York Times this summer and evolves from there.