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COLUMBIA COLLEGE DANCE CENTER CHICAGO PRESENTS URBAN BUSH
‘WALKIN WITH TRANE’
REVIEW BY: Maja Rios
Urban Bush Women. Photo courtesy of The Dance Center.
outstanding, Brooklyn-based troupe of seven dancers; six female and one male,
of different ethnicities and body types was a feast to behold!
Starting in silence and darkness on stage, a white-clothed
form appeared and danced in total silence and eventually was joined by six
other dancers with pure movement against a black background. Never has silence
created such beauty.
Next, the dancers
moved to a variety or recorded sounds and background images that traced the
beginning of jazz to the present day. Humming , field hollers, jazz riffs feet
taps to electronic music, and modern
jazz combo music,;the dancers contorted their bodies in time to each
separate beat, with every part of their bodies. One dancer , moved and scatted
acapella jazz riffs as she moved her body to each nuance of sounds she was
humming, like her body was John Coltrane’s sax in body form! Amazing!
In the second half
of the program, the dancers clothed in black/red/white costumes, moved in more
free-form style and improvisation
to live Coltrane excerpts from Coltrane’s
masterpiece, “A Love Supreme” played live onstage by outstanding pianist, George
Caldwell, who is part of the touring show. Mr. Caldwell was a force of nature
himself, with great rhythm and emotion,
playing both bass lines and chord/melody by himself.
This was cutting-edge
jazz dancing at its best and Trane “s music truly came alive anew with Urban
Bush Women Dance Collective! Bravo!
A Must See! Two more perfomances
are scheduled for Fri and Sat Feb 19th and 20th ,7;30 pm
at Columbia College Dance Center, 1306 S, Michigan ave. Chicago.