Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020 quotes

With the numerous serious issues we're all dealing with this year, it's more important than ever to acknowledge things we're thankful for. This doesn't diminish the gravity of the moment, nor the work to be done. Remembering what's good in our lives may lead to hope and centeredness. 

Happy Thanksgiving

"I am thankful for my good health, my community, my art and to be surrounded by talented young artists devoted to pursuing their careers in the enriching and enlightening field of dance. And I'm exceedingly grateful that DK finally has our own home!"  —David Hochoy, DK Artistic Director

"I am thankful for so much as I am blessed with so much - my family, our ongoing health and my religion. I am thankful for Dance Kaleidoscope, DK's supporters, and for the technology enabling us all to stay connected while apart."  —Jan Virgin, DK Executive Director

"I am thankful for the love and health of my family.  I am also thankful for Dance Kaleidoscope and the Arts Council of Indianapolis for their support and belief in artists during this pandemic." —Laura Glover, Resident Lighting Designer and Production Manager 

"I am extremely grateful for a company that is a family to me, and how we have faced these new challenges together, and do our best to move forward in the smartest, safest ways." —Liberty Harris, Rehearsal Director and Education Coordinator

"There is much to be thankful for in my life right now. I am so lucky to dance with such an amazing company that can adapt to any situation while still getting the opportunity to learn and grow as an artist even in such challenging times. And I would not be here without my amazing support system. My family and friends have really got me through this year and I cannot express how much their love means to me!" —Marie Kuhns, Dancer

"I’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve had over the last month to choreograph a new piece for DK. I’m thankful for my family who I will miss terribly at the holidays this year. And I’m thankful for my partner, Doug, without whom I would not have gotten through this roller coaster of a year." —Stuart Coleman, Artistic Associate and Dancer

"Since I am unable to go home to Texas for Thanksgiving this year, I’m extra thankful for my loving family that I miss at home and my wonderful family that the Lord has brought me to up here in Indy." —Emily Franks, Dancer

“At a time of various crises I find it hard to be happy and thankful when there are so many suffering and losing their lives in today’s world, but I’m overwhelmed with gratitude this year that the health and safety of my loved ones and myself have stayed unchanged.”  —Manuel Valdes, Dancer

"This year I’m very thankful for my employers, Dance Kaleidoscope and Expressenz Dance Center. They have been so good to me during this pandemic and have gone above and beyond to take care of us during the shut down and for that I am so grateful. As always, I’m grateful for my wonderful family and friends, especially my husband, for all the love and support they give me."  —Aleksa Lukasiewicz, Senior Dancer

“This year I am thankful for my health, the health and support of my family, and the opportunity to still do what I love. I try to remind myself often to never take any of these things for granted.”  —Kieran King, Dancer

"I’m thankful to be able to still do my art in these difficult times. I’m thankful for the company I work for that does everything they can to take care of their employees, as well as the donors and supporters for keeping us afloat. I’m thankful for my family and friends who support me."  —Cody Miley, Dancer

“This Thanksgiving I am reminded how grateful I am for our beautiful country and for the many men and women who help protect our freedom.” —Emily Dyson, Senior Dancer

"I am thankful to still have the opportunity to dance and work with an amazing director and fantastic colleagues!"  —Aaron Steinberg, Dancer 

“I am thankful for my health, my family’s health, and the ability to dance and make art through these trying times. I am thankful for all the doctors, nurses, and all other health heros for getting us through this.”  —Paige Robinson, Dancer
"This year I am thankful for the blessing of living with my grandchildren. They have brought the joy and magic of their innocence."  —Lynn Webster, DK Education Director/Touring Director
"I am thankful for being able to work at home, for the generosity and energy from the DK dancers, and for my partner Kenyon and dogs Gordon and Phillip." —Paul Hansen, Marketing Director
"I’m always thankful for my family and great friends, wide-spread as they are, but this year it has changed. I am immeasurably thankful for our continuing health, for the babies and children which make me believe in the future, for our silly pets, for my warm safe home, for interesting work to focus on. The artists in our world make me say thanks every day: they show all the emotions I’m not able to express in my non-artist soul. Stay alert and healthy!"  —Janie Halteman, DK Office Manager

Q & A with Stephanie Martinez

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Chicago choreographer Stephanie Martinez is much in demand—many people have said her "star is on the rise," including Dance Magazine. For Dance Kaleidoscope's performances of Dance is a Contact Sport (June 1-4 at IRT), Stephanie has created a marvelous dance/theater piece that has taken both her and the DK dancers out of their comfort zones.

In ten words or less, how would you describe your new piece?
A look into the sports world told through an abstract point of view.

Stu Mariel Steph whiteWhere did the idea for your new piece come from?
The idea came from my first time in Indy when I was creating on the company. I was walking around downtown before my  premier and was struck by the passion and enthusiasm the fans had for their sports teams. I feel that way about dance and thought what a great opportunity it would be to merge them both together.

Did you and your assistants work on the piece before traveling to Indianapolis?
Yes, my assistants and I did quite a bit of pre-prep and research before we came to DK. This is not an ordinary ballet. It took months to conceptualize a clear idea and the music design was a whole other beast to tackle. The movement vocabulary also needed to be created beforehand.

How much did your vision for the piece change once you were in the DK studio?
As far as the work and my vision, I really allow for any new creation to take true shape in the room. We plan but allow things to unfold. That’s the magic of process. The work actually evolved and exceeded my expectations.

How would you describe the DK dancers?
The DK dancers are incredible people and artists. They truly can take ideas, material, and concepts and bring them to life. This was not an easy subject because it could have been perceived as literal and perhaps a bit corny. I really wanted the dancers to amplify the love of sports through a fans eye and they embraced the challenge, evolving in front of my eyes.

What was most surprising from your time in the studio, creating this piece on DK?Marie Cody sm
The most surprising thing that came out of this process was finding out how much personality the dancers have individually and as a group. They were incredibly open to new ideas, unafraid to make mistakes, and able to laugh at themselves when beautiful mistakes did happen. The fun and energetic ballet you are about to see is a direct result of the willingness and playfulness they had with me in the room.
What’s next for you?
I will be spending time at home in Chicago preparing for my upcoming commisions for Ballet Memphis, Cincinnati Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Charlotte Ballet, and a world-premier for the Joffrey Ballet.

Get Tickets to see Stephanie's new piece for DK here.

Black and white photos by Chris Crawl, color photos by Freddie Kelvin.

Meet the DK Dancers - Video

The DK dancers have passion and dedication for dance and Dance Kaleidoscope. In this video by WFYI Productions, the dancers voice their feelings about dance while dancing in urban areas around Indianapolis.

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October 2016

Designing DIVAS Costumes

Costume designer Guy Clark has designed several sets of costumes for DK. His current project is designing and overseeing the build on a splashy new set of costumes for DIVAS (Feb 9-12 at IRT). Get tickets with this link or call 317-635-5252.

Q: What was your inspiration for these two sets of costumes?
A: My inspiration comes from a variety of sources -the music, the dancers, and the choreographers. The individual looks of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin certainly inspired me as I was designing -not necessarily to design pieces they might have worn, but to bring a bit of the personal style of each of them to the pieces.
Q: Please tell us about the hand dying that your costume shop has done for DIVAS. 
A: The dying is a combination of vat-dipped ombre and old-fashioned tie-dye. Each piece is unique, created  by Jessica Hayes and Stephanie Eubank, the very talented drapers at Indiana Repertory Theatre, with the skilled assistance of the IRT costume shop staff -Christi Parker, Kelsey Sikes, and Judith Skyles. We've also had great help from our new intern, Butler student Laura Scobell, and local fashion legend (and former IRT costume shop draper) Catherine Fritsch.

Codys costume

Q: Did you listen to any of the music that would be used in the show as you designed?
A: I always find the music a great source of inspiration while I'm designing for DK. I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, so I was already very familiar with their music.

Q: You've designed for most of the DK dancers before. Were you at all inspired by their personalities or the way they dance?
A: The DK dancers have taught me so much about the very practical aspects of designing for dance, as have David and Nick. Watching how each dancer moves, as well as how the troupemoves together, helps me imagine costumes that I hope will be appealing on each dancer and have a cohesion of design.
Jill Janis costume
Q: The design for Jillian Godwin in the Janis Joplin piece is more elaborate than the others. Tell us about your creative process and intent for that costume. 
A: Jill's costume came out of discussions with her andchoreographer David Hochoy. For her solo piece, I imagined Jill's look as more a character from the song "Me & Bobby McGee" than as a Janis Joplin costume. 
Q: The silhouettes and fabrics for both the boys and girls' costumes in the Aretha Franklin piece are inventive. Please tell us about the inspiration and desired feel for them. 
A: The Aretha pieces developed from conversations with the choreographer, Nick Owens. We were working to bring movement into the costumes. The fabric we chose is a lightweight stretch  net that Ihope reflectsthe elegant sensuality of Ms. Franklin's voice.