The Trifecta Youth Company had their premiere performance of “Defining Extraordinary” and “The Power Within”, two new pieces for the 2017-2018 season. They performed Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th in the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, a historic, black box theater located in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood. The two-day long showcase brought dancers of all ages together; from professional to youth companies, performers brought their works to the event to share and collaborate in artistry.
The Trifecta Youth Company worked for weeks learning “Defining Extraordinary”- a piece choreographed by Krissie Odegard Geye that was born from the “ElderStories Project”, in partnership with local non-profit “ElderSmart”. This summer, dancers took part in a series of interviews with senior citizens in the area. They formed bonds with their interviewees, and learned about different view-points on what it means to be “extraordinary”. The Youth Company dancers fueled these new ideas into “Defining Extraordinary”.
Throughout the rehearsal process, the young dancers were upheld at a professional standard. Senior dancer Megan Sullivan remarked that amidst changes in choreography, the dancers had to be constantly alert, ready to adapt their style for the betterment of the entire dance. This environment of constant growth parallels to other professional dance experiences, and ultimately helped the Youth Company excel in this first performance.
On Thursday and Friday night, Trifecta Youth Company Dancers confidently took the stage for the first time with “Defining Extraordinary”. An audience filled family, friends, and Chicago dancers got to see the passionate, thought-provoking material performed for the very first time. For many returning Youth Company members, the Chicago dance community has become a much more familiar and welcoming space over the past few seasons.
After many years performing in Dance Chicago and other city performance opportunities, Megan has certainly felt this familiarity at recent shows. She described how unique it was to begin recognizing dancers from different professional companies, and have them recognize her as well. “(You) really start making relationships with the people you are performing with,” said the senior dancer. Not only those we dance with, but those who we watch in the Chicago dance community become inspirations and friends. Our Trifecta Youth Company members constantly get a glimpse of life in the professional dance community, and we are thrilled to facilitate this growth.