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Kacico Dance at the Folly - October 2005
"The Old Church"
October 21, 22, 2005 Dance Concert at The Folly
21, 22 October 2005 (Fri/Sat) 8:00 PM
Dress and Performance Pictures from friday the 21st
The Folly, 12th and Central, downtown Kansas City, MO
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This piece was also shown at Dance in the Park 2005.
|The Old Church
Lindsay Spilker performing friday. Yosh Gregory performed the part for saturday's show.
The strings you see hanging down are puppet strings attached to puppet-control cross bars over the heads of these dancers.
This has to be my favorite for prettiest piece in the show. Those are butterfly costumes.
This was a comedy piece. The dancers were almost a mime troupe dancing and also making faces at each other and at the audience. After friday's performance I could hear someone who was apparently one of a dancer's relatives laughing and saying that "she is clearly from our side of the family."
Michelle Diane Brown
Stage Manager: Jennifer Fox
Costumer: Alyson Schacherer
Photographer: Mike Strong
Videographer: Mark Titus, Nick Davis
Fundraising Manager: Cory Unrein
Teachers: Andrew Lamar, Gina Caputo
Mark Brown, President
Kacico Dance: 21, 22 October 2005
(Kacico is pronounced KÄ (as in cat) see coe )
By Mike Strong
I always like it when a fresh face emerges. Kacico is new and this was their inaugural performance, at the Folly Theater in downtown Kansas City. I was hired to shoot pictures at the dress on Friday. I came back to shoot later at performance on Friday.
They were still marking positions late Friday but Kacico pulled off a show by 8pm anyway. There were some signs that Kacico is still a tad green as a performing company. But they went for it and you could see the shape of a developing core to Kacico.
But this was not a safe and easy program even for an established company. Michelle Diane Brown put together a wide-ranging, ambitious program which was varied and inventive. The choreography varied from abstract to story telling, from down to earth to celestial from urban to nature.
The lighting was also superb, most of it done by a couple, Lisa Weinshrott and Michael Kimmel who have been lighting stages together for the last four years and longer than that as individuals. From my time in dress rehearsal I can tell you the lighting was also a work done in detail including attention to all the lights used off stage. In all it was worth the night and we got to see the concert start for a new company.
Bobbi Foudree (left) and Lindsay Spilker in "Above Morning" as butterflies
Michelle Diane Brown has been working on the sidelines since leaving "aha! danse theatre" a couple of years ago, doing individual performances and planning to setup her own company. In last year's Dance in the Park Michelle performed a joyous tap number with Malinda Crump. Over this past year Michelle Brown has been putting together the organization, funding, training and scheduling for Kacico.
She managed to attract several former UMKC dancers who are dancing with several companies. Through the spring and summer of this year Brown has been booking Kacico to a series of outdoor, audience participation concerts at fairs and community events as a way to spread news of Kacico, gather mailing lists and funding as well as to provide performance experience as a company. All vectoring into this performance at the Folly which was booked very early on, well before they had their dancers picked.
What is clear is that Brown has been planning not only the involved choreographies but also the course of development for her company. It would be a mistake to look at this concert as either a culmination or a badge of legitimacy for Kacico. It would be, I think, more accurate to regard this Folly concert as a planned stage of development for Kacico.
That is why although I note that there is still some green to the company, I prefer to focus on the imagination and scope of this production. Frankly I am impressed at the planned trajectory. You can almost feel where they are heading and I expect them to get tighter but I defy anyone to predict where Brown's imagination will take her choreography.
Lindsay Spilker (left) and Bobbi Foudree in "Above Morning" as butterflies
Kacico pages on this site:
Innerlying Landscapes - Oct 2009
The Song And Dance Project 2009
Fall 2008 Concert - Kacico West Studio
Folly May 2008
With Peter Kalivas workshop/rehearsal in Studio 17-22 Mar 2008
At The Folly Kacico - 12, 13 October 2007
At The Folly October 2005
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