The Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast, southern Indiana's center for the performing and visual arts on the IU Southeast campus in New Albany, is pleased to present Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis' professional contemporary dance company, and their production of COLE! as an Indiana Bicentennial Celebration event on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ogle Center's Stem Concert Hall on the IU Southeast campus, 4201 Grant Line Road in New Albany. Tickets are $29 in advance, $33 at the door, $10 for students, and are available at the Ogle Center ticket office, by calling (812) 941-2525, or online at oglecenter.com.
Supported by the Indiana Masterpiece Grant Award from the Indiana Arts Commission, Dance Kaleidoscope's artistic director, David Hochoy has honored Indiana's Cole Porter by creating a lively two-act contemporary dance piece set to Porter's most popular songs.
(Ole King Cole)
sparkles with nostalgia, using original musical artists from the 1920s and 30s. The music is from vintage LPs, so the singing style and even scratchy record sound becomes part of the ambience. Songs include "Let's Do It" and "I've Got You Under My Skin.
uses contemporary recordings of Cole Porter's songs. The energy and costumes are current and gritty. Songs include "Don't Fence Me In" and "Miss Otis Regrets."
COLE! is a celebration of the music of Cole Porter, it also does not shy away from tackling social issues.
"Part one of
COLE! is the Golden Age of Hollywood, the American Dream, boy meets girl, and an everything is hunky-dory feel,
" says Hochoy.
"The second half is more aggressive, and what I hope, includes more clever ways to incorporate current social issues, such as homelessness, greed, and homosexuality.... Part two is pure contrast.
"In the beginning, two decades ago, I was nervous to showcase the two-men duet,
" says Hochoy.
"And it was around '97 that a presenter asked me to remove the male duet, to use women instead. Decades of doing choreography, and the double standard still amazes me. We can use violence onstage, kill people and fight onstage and even have two women dance together, but show two men dancing... it's still difficult for some audiences to accept. It's just crazy. I have always used my art to push boundaries and will continue to do so.
Life is rich and beautiful, encompassing many layers and forms, and it should be celebrated, everywhere."
Free parking for the event is available in the Dogwood lot directly in front of the Ogle Center and in the Hickory lot directly behind the Ogle Center from one hour prior to the start of the performance until one hour following the end of the performance. Vehicles parked in other locations and/or at other times will be subject to ticketing.