ADA — What is the “twist” that defines the style of the dance company Ballets with a Twist?
Choreographer and company founder Marilyn Klaus said she didn’t know.
“Thank God I don’t know what the ‘twist’ is, or I wouldn’t go into the studio every day,” she told The Lima News. “I’m ordering up a [ballet] vocabulary and an experience that has a twist to it.”
On Saturday, the New York City-based company brings its signature dance, “Cocktail Hour: The Show,” to Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts.
“It’s a series of vignettes — pardon the pun — of spirited [dances] that refer to the human desire to be up there in the clouds, or whatever reason people go to a cocktail hour for,” explained Klaus.
The vignettes are named for different alcoholic mixed drinks. There’s “Martini”: “She’s a blonde bombshell superspy and her tutu is kind of like an upside-down martini glass.” There’s “Manhattan”: “She’s a fabulous Fifth Avenue matron and she walks her dearest companion, her dog, down Fifth Avenue.” There’s the finale, “Holy Water”: “It’s got a gospel score, an absolute Motown feel.”
Klaus and her company spent the week leading up to the show working with Ohio Northern University’s dance students. They will open the evening by performing one of Klaus’ early works, a dance called “Return to Normalcy.”
“It’s a barefooted ballroom dance suite for eight women and it’s a reference to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers,” she said. “I’m also planning on honing the students’ improvisatory skills by having them enter and exit through the back of the house and interact with the audience.”
There’s that ‘twist’ that Ballets with a Twist is looking for. Bracing and refreshing, like that coiled lemon zest on the rim of your gin martini.
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