Choreographer Stephanie Sermas tells the story of Calliope Charisse, the Maria Von Trapp of dance, a Greek immigrant, who has had a lasting influence on dance in Hollywood and on Broadway. The story of Calliope Charisse and her children could easily be a story in the headlines today: an immigrant family almost turned away from this country whose members go on to make an immeasurable contribution to the artistic heritage of America; a single mom of eleven children, who turns what some might consider a liability into an asset to herself, her children, and America. Choreographer Sermas read about Calliope’s story and was inspired to tell it in Sermas’s and Calliope’s preferred medium: dance, and she does it in the range of dance that reflects Calliope’s training and legacy and highlights the diverse talents of Houston City Dance Company. Opening and closing with pieces that draw on traditional Greek folk dance, Sermas’s telling of Calliope’s story starts with the classical Greece inflected early modern style of Isadora Duncan and the beautiful Russian ballet of Anna Pavlova, associated with Calliope’s early career, and moves to a celebration of vaudeville with various vaudevillian forms such as striptease and black bottom.
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