Great Performance Series to Open with
Leading Jazz Dance
Posted September 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- The Hope College Great Performance
Series will kick off its 2002-03 season with Gus Giordano
Jazz Dance Chicago (GGJDC) on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m.
at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.
The Giordano dance company was founded 40 years
ago by Gus Giordano, and is now run by his daughter,
artistic director Nan Giordano.
GGJDC was the first jazz dance company to tour the
Soviet Union, when invited to share the American dance form
with the Bolshoi in 1974. The company has toured all over
the world, and is the host performing company for the annual
Jazz Dance World Congress.
Dance critic Ann Barzel has said, "the jazz dance
of Gus Giordano expresses feelings, portrays emotions,
confronts problems, analyzes ideas in the tempo of today.
In the exhilaration of its presentations, it mirrors the
freedom that we like to think is the American way."
The company's American dance form has spoken to
non-Americans as well. "World-class jazz dance," wrote the
German newspaper "Langener Zeitung." "GGJDC enchanted the
audience with a breathtaking program."
Gus Giordano has received numerous awards in his
career, including an Emmy Award, a PBS Award and the
Katherine Dunham Award. Nan Giordano is a leading teacher,
and has led masterclasses throughout the world. Her
choreography has appeared not only on stage, but in such
diverse places as television commercials and one-time
While on campus, members of GGJDC will meet with
students and lead masterclasses for dance students.
Funding for part of the performance is through the
Heartland Arts Fund Program, which is supported by the
National Endowment for the Arts and Michigan Council for
Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support has been
provided through the DeLong Endowed Dance Chair fund at
Great Performance Series season subscribers may
reserve their seats on Thursday-Friday, Sept. 12-13.
Tickets for the general public will be sold Monday-Thursday,
Sept. 16-19, at the box office in the DeWitt Center, located
on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The box office will be
open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be called at (616) 395-
7890. Tickets are $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior
citizens, and $5 for Hope students and children under 18.
Great Performance Series subscriptions are also
available for all seven shows at $55 for regular admission,
$45 for senior citizens, and $115 for a family membership.
Additional information about the 2002-03 season of
the Great Performance Series and links to the performers'
Web pages may be obtained on-line through www.hope.edu/arts.