Independent dance companies keep scene on the move
New Vision Dance Co. will celebrate an anniversary during its weekend concerts as well— the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
The company, which performed a suite to the music of Prince in 2016, will present a suite of pieces set to Sgt. Pepper's tunes as the second half of its program. The first act will be a varied collection of premieres and repertory works with a host of guest artists and choreographers.
“[The Beatles] were very much a part of the fabric of my life as a child and I've been wanting to do a Beatles tribute,” founder and artistic director Melissa Gould said. “It's not so much a particular style of movement as it is being inspired by the imagery and the message, honoring the look and the energy of the Beatles.”
Gould said the Beatles suite has a loose story line that follows Jude, who falls in love, gets rejected and visits Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “When I'm Sixty-Four” are among the songs that are included.
Guest artists include Aliane Wilson, wife of Olympic gymnast Blaine Wilson, who will perform aerial choreography as Lucy in the Sky, and Seattle choreographer Jacob Rodvelt-Gamlieli. The company will also premiere hip-hop works by company members Ryan Shaw and Mallory Saylor.