Keigwin & Company blends pop music with modern dance
VAIL, Colorado In the song Banana Republics, tropical troubadour Jimmy Buffett requests that he be given words I can dance to, or a melody that rhymes.Such will be the case at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Monday as New Yorks Keigwin & Company blend popular music with modern dance to create a piece titled Love Songs for the Vail International Dance Festivals Dance for $20.08 evening.Designed to help introduce dance to a more mainstream audience through pricing and production, Dance for $20.08 will include performances by Spains Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca and New York City Ballets Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht.Dance for $20.08 is going to be an incredibly fun evening at the Amphitheater, said Damian Woetzel, artistic director for the Vail International Dance Festival. Its really a buffet of dance where you can sample a lot of different styles, all at a very affordable price. Its going to be a perfect family event, a perfect date night its really an evening for everyone.Love Songs is set to pop, R&B and torch songs, featuring three couples in six vignettes that illustrate different aspects of relationships. The first couple gives us pure lust and conflict in their wild, dysfunctional dances to Aretha Franklins Baby I Love You and I Never Loved a Man.Dancing to Nina Simones recording of Jacques Brels Ne Me Quitte Pas (Dont Leave Me) and Screamin Jay Hawkins I Put a Spell on You, the second couples unusual movements suggest that they dont belong together but neither has the strength to go it alone.The third couple is heartwarming as they advance from longing to giddy love. Dancing to Neil Diamonds Save Me a Saturday Night, the dancers seem like dolls, their attempts at meaningful interaction thwarted by their restricted movements. In them, we can see the type of people who are so concerned with appearances or propriety that they lose their chance at big romance. By their second dance, set to Neil Diamonds Delirious Love, the awkward pair shyly reveals their infatuation and are rewarded with sweet intimacy.Larry Keigwins prolific and wide-ranging dance career began the day he auditioned as a back-up dancer for Downtown Julie Brown on Club MTV (he got the gig). He continued his dance career working for Chezzam!, enlivening many a bar and bat mitzvah while earning his bachelors in dance from Hofstra University in New York.In his spare time, Larry Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque acts presented by the Public Theater at Joes Pub and by Symphony Space. Keigwin + Company was established in 2003 and lives to create provocative, witty and engaging dances, combining physicality with theatricality, ultimately fusing art with entertainment.
In addition to Dance for 20.08, individual tickets for the 2008 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $17 to $85, with an array of ticket packages also available. The 2008 Vail International Dance Festival runs through Aug. 9, with performances at both the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The 2008 Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Dance Festival, visit http://www.vaildance.org. For more information on the Foundation, visit http://www.vvf.org or call 970-949-1999.