9 Must-See Dance Events During the Valley's 2013-14 Season
The dance scene in the Valley is gearing back up after a summer-long hiatus from the grind of rehearsals and performances. But as with many things Phoenix, the dance world can feel disparate and hard to navigate. Lucky for you, we've done the hard work and gathered the dance events you don't want to miss this coming season. With most of the local company's schedules set and months of touring shows to look forward to on the books, we're already anticipating the visual feast.
Kryziz Bonny Dance fans, get ready. The season's almost here.
As always, the Center Dance Ensemble's season lineup includes four major concerts. This year, the resident company of the Herberger Theater is kicking it off with its own interpretation of the Seven Deadly Sins. If there's ever been a boring iteration of this theme, then we haven't seen or heard of it, which is why this might be worth watching even if you're not big into modern dance or this company. The show will also feature The Tragedy of Othello, another classic story with more than enough material to inspire a great performance.
As far as classic ballets go, Cinderella has all the requisite parts, but since it's also a story ballet, it offers a theatricality that you don't find with more traditional works, like Giselle (which is still one of our favorite ballets ever). There are interesting and entertaining characters to drive the action, and there's a story that anyone can follow, even without dialogue. And as for Ib Andersen's take on the story, we haven't seen it first-hand, but in 2011, it was called "one of the best things I've ever seen in Phoenix" by the Republic, and that's enough to pique our interest.