GPS Opens With Contemporary Mexican
Dance Troupe, Grosso Modo
Posted October 2, 2001
HOLLAND -- The Hope College Great Performance
Series opens its 2001-02 season on Thursday-Saturday, Oct.
18-20, with Grosso Modo, an acclaimed contemporary dance
group from Holland's sister city of Queretaro, Mexico.
The troupe will perform two-full length shows on
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19, at 8 p.m. in the Knickerbocker
Theatre. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the company will perform a
50-minute children's show at 2 p.m. at the same location.
Just three years old, the dance company has
already performed independent recitals and at dance
festivals throughout Mexico. Growing from the Contemporary
Dance workshop at the Autonomous University of Queretaro,
the company's members interact with creators of other
artistic areas, including musicians, painters, actors and
composers, as they create and perform their dances.
The company is under the direction of
dancer/choreographer Ana Cristina Medellin, who is a member
of the faculty in Queretaro as well.
The performances on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19,
are full dance performances, with a reception following the
Friday, Oct. 19, performance. Hope College and city
officials will give a special introduction for the group on
Friday, Oct. 19.
The Saturday, Oct. 20, performance is a 50-minute
performance aimed at families, and especially young
children. Titled "...Rag Feet," the dance-theatre tale aims
to introduce children to the joys of dance. The story
emphasizes solidarity, tolerance and unconditional
Holland and Hope College's friendship with
Querteraro is well established, and Grosso Modo's visit is
part of the first performing arts cultural exchange between
the two cities. Aerial Dance Theatre, a professional dance
affiliate of the Hope College, visited Querteraro in May of
The exchange is already bearing fruit as Grosso
Modo comes to Holland with one piece that includes
choreography given to the group by Aerial Dance during its
visit. "Tras la existencia (Chasing Existence)" was created
by Jodi Kurtze, and will be performed by Grosso Modo member
The main concerts will also feature six other
works, with choreography by five different creators, set to
music ranging from Handel to Miguel Munoz.
Tickets for the Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19,
performances are $14 for regular adult admission, $12 for
senior citizens, and $5 for Hope College students and
children under 18. Great Performance Series subscribers may
reserve their seats on Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 10-11.
Tickets for the general public will be on sale on Friday-
Saturday, Oct. 12-13, and Monday-Saturday, Oct. 15-20, at
the theatre lobby ticket office in the DeWitt Center. Any
remaining tickets will be available at the door. Seating is
Tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 20, children's show
are free, but those planning to attend are encouraged to
pick up tickets in advance on the previously named box
The ticket office is open on weekdays from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and may be
called at (616) 395-7890 for reservations. The DeWitt
Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown
Holland at 86 East 8th Street.