Dance company establishing itself with fourth summer show

New Vision Dance Co. artistic director Melissa Gould has titled the troupe's summer performances using gardening metaphors. For this year's concerts, the fourth annual summertime shows, the title is “Taking Root.” Gould said that, yes, the metaphor speaks to the growth of the still-young company's presence on the Columbus dance scene.

“The symbolism is the foundation and the future of the company,” Gould said in a recent interview at a local coffee shop.

A cast of 19 dancers and two vocalists will present “Taking Root” in two acts – “The Dark Side” as Act I and “The Light Side” as Act II. Gould said the program will consist of group pieces of varying sizes, solos and a finale featuring the entire cast.

While “nothing is literal or graphic,” Gould said, “The Dark Side” features pieces of a heavier tone, including “Baggage,” which is a duet that charts the ups and downs of a mother-daughter relationship, and “Crazy,” which finds a '50s-era housewife at her wit's end.

The more uplifting, affirming second act will feature works set to Edith Piaf's performance of “La foule” and the Beatles' “Strawberry Fields Forever.”