Groove, in formed
In the fall of 2019, Giordano Dance Chicago welcomed the return of celebrated choreographer, Peter Chu, and the world premiere of his second work for the Company, Groove, in formed.
With his return, Chu desired to explore the rhythmic composition of jazz dance by examining many cultural and social dances that influenced and shaped the art form over the decades. Drawing on these inspirations, audiences may recognize such moves as the Roger Rabbit or the Charleston, which have all been deconstructed and put back together with Chu’s personal style and interpretation to create Groove, in formed. Set to an original music score by Jake Kelberman, the dancers and audience are taken on a musical journey that begins with free-flowing trumpet and later accompanied by drums, bass and organ, and culminates with a simple repetitive tick of the high-hat that signifies the pulse or heartbeat of jazz dance.
“The genius of this work is in how what appears to be individual, isolated dance movements actually informs the collective community on stage, underlying the interconnectedness of everything, even in a seemingly disconnected world. A true masterwork for this time.”
- Around The Town Chicago
Giordano Dance Chicago premiered Peter Chu’s Groove, in formed on October 25, 2019, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, with lighting design by Jacob Snodgrass and costume design by Nathan Rohrer. This recording was filmed by HMS Media on January 31, 2020, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL.