Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, October 28-30, 2021.
The World Premiere of this full-length contemporary ballet, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, an original work created by Executive Artistic Director Gregory Hancock, will bring to the stage an emotional, beautiful and truth-seeking story about a boy from Kansas who sets out on a journey down the Golden Path to India. Looking for meaning and purpose in life after devasting losses and challenges, he encounters deities from the Hindu pantheon who impart wisdom, compassion and courage. Through the blend of cultural themes, theatrical dance and unique music, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME will transport the audience through a maze of inspirational experiences ultimately discovering that home is really a place in the heart.
The powerful score of music will combine the sounds of America and India using American pop, folk and gospel music along with classical, devotional and film genres of India. Diverse dance styles, costumes and lighting will enhance the ambience and authenticate the journey. Original artwork of picturesque India created by local artist Madhuchhanda Mandal will provide a stunning theatrical backdrop for the production. As a world traveler, Mr. Hancock draws on his experiences to create art that inspires others through the international languages of dance and music and strives to create works of beauty and emotion that cause audiences to respond on a spiritual level. In hopes of uniting a divided world, he recognizes that the arts are a powerful tool that contribute to global connectiveness and commonality which runs through all mankind.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is proud to announce Diamond Glassworks of Indianapolis as their 2021-2022 Season Presenting Sponsor.
Founded 31 years ago and under the second generation of Lessaris Family leadership, Diamond Glassworks is a premier commercial glass and aluminum systems contractor that serves Central Indiana communities. With a focus on providing high quality products and services, Diamond Glassworks’ team of talented associates strive to deliver complete satisfaction with simplicity to contract partners. For more information visit: diamondglassworks.net
“Supporting the arts is not just something we enjoy but it is part of our lives,” says Dave S. Lessaris, President of Diamond Glassworks. “We have really become entranced by the dance, artistry, music, costumes and of course the stories of GHDT. We love seeing the incredible works of Mr. Hancock’s come to life on stage. We want to help support GHDT as they return to the theatre for a full season of live performances,” he adds.
“It is so important to have support from loyal sponsors, contributors and patrons for a non-profit arts organization to keep us alive and thriving,” says Ivy Heazeltine, President of the Board of Directors for GHDT. “We thank Diamond Glassworks for their continued commitment to GHDT and we are super excited that they are our Presenting Sponsor again this season. It is a great alignment. Both organizations have a mission for excellence and service to local communities with a passion for creating works of art in their own realm,” she adds.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents UNDER THE BIG TOP at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, August 26-28, 2021 at 7 pm.
SINGLE TICKETS will be available July 19th at The Center’s Box Office 317-843-3800.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will present a pre-season concert this August 26-28 with the popular production of UNDER THE BIG TOP. Created by Artistic Director Gregory Hancock and inspired by the legendary traveling gypsy circus of Eastern Europe, the dancers, accompanied by Traditional Circus and Gypsy music, will entertain audiences as circus characters sharing their life stories draped in joy, melancholy and dreams. With an element of surprise, audiences will meet the Tarantella girls, Fortune Teller, Lion Tamer, Clowns, the “Backyard” Girl and the Sideshow performers. You are invited to an extravaganza of yesteryear to experience the laughter and magic of the circus in GHDT’s UNDER THE BIG TOP.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident, professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre announces their 2021-2022 Performance Season schedule including highly entertaining new works and masterpieces! Season tickets will be available for the four concerts at The Tarkington beginning July 12, 2021.
UNDER THE BIG TOP
The Tarkington August 26-28, 2021– 7pm
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will present a pre-season concert this August 26-28 with the popular production of UNDER THE BIG TOP. Created by Artistic Director Gregory Hancock and inspired by the legendary traveling gypsy circus of Eastern Europe, the dancers, accompanied by Traditional Circus and Gypsy music, will entertain audiences as circus characters sharing their life stories draped in joy, melancholy and dreams. You are invited to an extravaganza of yesteryear to experience the laughter and magic of the circus in GHDT’s UNDER THE BIG TOP.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Tarkington October 28-30, 2021 – 7 pm
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will open its 24th Performance Season with the World Premiere of THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. A unique adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” this adventure will travel through the exotic world of India with a boy from Kansas. On his quest for enlightenment, he will encounter interesting characters from the Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses. With beautiful music, costumes and sets, the dancers will guide you through this new work which will captivate your curiosity and imagination as it inspires and entertains you. Join GHDT on their journey to find THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.
Pike Performing Arts Center December 4 at 3PM & 7PM, 2021
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents THE NUTCRACKER at Pike Performing Arts Center, December 3 & 4, 2021. GHDT’s full-length modern version features the highly-talented dancers of G2, the pre-professional company of GHDT. G2 is joined by students from The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and other young student dancers filling the stage with movement and color! THE NUTCRACKER follows the same overall story line as the original, but with a uniquely different twist. This magical version portrays Klara as a homeless orphan girl who discovers the true meaning of the season through the gift and giving spirit of another homeless person. THE NUTCRACKER is a family favorite and is sure to add joy and cheer to the holiday season.
THE BLACK DAHLIA
The Academy of GHDT Weekends February 12 -27, 2022
In February, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will once again transform its daily rehearsal space into a black-box theatre where audiences will be entertained in a cabaret style, up-close and personal theatrical experience. Back by popular demand, THE BLACK DAHLIA will return to the stage after first premiering in 2017. This audience favorite has been inspired by the notorious unsolved Hollywood murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947. Based on factual information with some artistic liberties, the production brings four possible scenarios of solution, but leaves the audience to decide who actually committed the crime. Highly entertaining, period music, dance and storytelling will capture the curious minds of each audience member. Seating is limited.
The Tarkington April 7-9, 2022 – 7 pm
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is thrilled to once again present the highly popular production of EXODUS. Inspired by the Book of Exodus, but adapted to our modern world, EXODUS is a cautionary tale of hatred and ignorance. The ten modern plagues include; desecration of the Earth, gun violence, racism, war, poverty, crime, social media, government, selfishness and death of the first born. Set to a score of epic symphonic and choral music and enhanced with complex visual artistry, EXODUS will transport the audience into an emotional story of love and sacrifice. Back by popular demand, don’t miss this highly acclaimed GHDT masterpiece!
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
The Tarkington June 9-11, 2022– 7pm
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will close its 2021-2022 Performance Season with the World Premiere of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. This new full-length, grand work will again pair the talents of GHDT’s Artistic Director Gregory Hancock and award-winning composer Cory Gabel, known for his evocative musical score for GHDT’s THE CASKET GIRLS. GHDT’S ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA will be a contemporary re-telling of the classic tale and will be set in “anytime” and “any place.” This story of power, intrigue and passion has been inspired by one of the most charismatic and powerful women of all time. Performed with passionate, expressive dancing and eloquent costumes, this timeless drama will captivate audiences of all ages.
Celebrating its 24th Performance Season, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident, professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents “LIVE!” at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, June 3-5, 2021 at 7 pm.
“LIVE!” will celebrate Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s return to The Tarkington with some of GHDT’s most endearing, happy and light-hearted pieces. Selected from GHDT’s vast repertoire specifically for this live performance, these works will help heal our collective hearts and spirits with joy and laughter.
Come experience beautiful music, delightful dance artistry with a bit of humor as GHDT welcomes live performances back into the community.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident, professional dance company at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Through guidelines created for The Tarkington by The Center for the Performing Arts to protect the health and safety of all patrons, staff and artists, theatre seating will be limited and socially distanced. All guidelines and safety requirements will be presented to patrons at the time of their ticket purchases.
The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is pleased to announce several summer options for all dancers! We have a variety of workshops and intensives available for all ages. More information is included below:
**All payments to be made out by check ONLY to AGHDT **Liability Form and COVID-19 Waiver to be filled out and turned in with Registration Forms –Liability Form –COVID Waiver
Princess and Pirate Camp- July 10th and 11th (10:30 am-2:00 pm)Join us for a themed day camp intended for our younger dancers and movers. Our princesses and pirates will enjoy two days of dance, drama, music, and crafts! Each day will include dance instruction in two different styles. Students will learn about singing and acting in our Music and Drama classes. Finally, our young artists will create some crafts to take home with them! For ages 3-8 $75 per student Registration due by July 3rd – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM
Fairy Tale Camp- July 17th and 18th (10:00 am-2:00 pm)Join us for a themed day camp intended for our younger dancers and movers. Our adventurers will enjoy two days of dance, drama, music, and crafts! Each day will include dance instruction in two different styles. Students will learn about singing and acting in our Music and Drama classes. Finally, our young artists will create some crafts to take home with them! $90 per student Registration due by July 10th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM
Behind the Curtain- July 19th through July 23rd (4:00 pm-8:00 pm)NEW THIS YEAR! Our Behind the Curtain intensive introduces dancers to the behind-the-scenes of producing a show. Each day will begin with a technique class, followed by instruction in choosing music, structuring a piece, creating movement, designing costumes, and much more! Dancers will create a show, which parents will be invited to watch the final evening. For ages 8-18 $175 per student Registration due by July 12th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM
Ballet Intensive- July 31st (9:30 am- 3:00 pm)This one-day workshop focuses on refining ballet technique and pushing dancers to the next level in their performance. The day will begin with a conditioning class, followed by ballet technique, pointe/pre-pointe, and variations/choreography. Dancers attending this workshop will definitely see improvement in their ballet technique! For ages 11-18 $100 per student Registration due by July 24th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM
Modern and Jazz Intensive- August 1st (9:00 am- 2:30 pm)This one-day workshop focuses on refining modern and jazz technique and pushing dancers to the next level in their performance. The day will begin with a conditioning class, followed by modern technique, jazz technique, floorwork, and repertoire. Dancers attending this workshop will definitely see improvement in their modern and jazz technique! For ages 11-18 $100 per student Registration due by July 24th – CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM
These workshops are for all dancers in the area! If you know another dancer, please encourage them to join us. We love seeing new faces!
As a non-profit arts organization based in Carmel, Indiana, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre has embraced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in this year of 2020 with concern, determination and adaptability. With live arts shut down or minimized throughout the country, GHDT continues to move forward with unconventional modes of creative work. Optimism and hope surround the organization and the professional company dancers as they enter the new year of 2021.
With the extraordinary monetary generosity of individual donors, companies, foundations and government so far this year, GHDT has been able to weather the initial storm and return to work in late August. By following intense safety guidelines and restrictions, the eight company dancers have continued to rehearse, learn and return to the theatre with a successful live performance to reduced audience sizes at The Tarkington in October 2020. Today they are preparing for the second concert of the season, DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART TWO scheduled for January 14-16, 2021 at The Tarkington.
GHDT is launching their 2020 YEAR-END GIVING CAMPAIGN on November 23 which will run through December 31. Contributions will go directly to the operating expenses of the company including salaries, rent and insurance. “With ticket revenue down due to restricted seating in the theatre, it is important to boost other forms of income like donations at this time,” says Ivy Heazeltine, President of the GHDT Board of Directors. “With #givingtuesday and the holiday season approaching, it is the perfect time for loyal fans to support our organization so that we may sustain and continue our mission in 2021. We are planning for more original and amazing works to be performed live on stage in the coming year. It is easy to donate through our website at www.gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org and click on the DONATE button. We are so appreciative of each and every donation,” she adds.
Any donation of $100 or more will receive a thank you note with a video link to the full-length production of DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART ONE which premiered in October.
“We want to keep the dancers working and of course working safely,” says Executive Artistic Director Gregory Hancock. “It is very difficult for them to retain and build strength, stamina and flexibility if they are not able to work in a studio environment each day. Dancing is different from other art forms. Living room work-outs are just not the same. They need space, routine, and each other even if the environment is masked and socially distanced. They have adapted well and are strong and motivated. We hope our patrons will support us by attending our up-coming concerts in a safe environment created by The Center for the Performing Arts.”
Audience members were thrilled to return to the live performances of GHDT’s DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART ONE in October.
“GHDT presents some of the most original, touching, and inspiring works we’ve seen anywhere. The works are consistently visually and sonically stunning. GHDT performances always combine top level choreography and talented dancers with perfectly matched music and lighting. We hope this wonderful organization can not only survive, but thrive during these hard economic times,” states one patron.
“My breath was taken away so many times during DANCES FOR A NEW WORLD: PART ONE. I forgot where I was. I forgot everything else but the pain, isolation, loneliness and sometimes the indomitable spirit of the human race which have all been emotions I’ve felt over the past seven months. Thank you for giving it a voice. Thank you for providing us an outlet for all of our emotions. Once again, absolutely, achingly exquisite,” says audience member Sheryl A.
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Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is proud to announce Diamond Glassworks of Indianapolis as their 2020-2021 Season Presenting Sponsor.
Founded 30 years ago and under the second generation of Lessaris Family leadership, Diamond Glassworks is a premier commercial glass and aluminum systems contractor that serves Central Indiana communities. With a focus on providing high quality products and services, Diamond Glassworks’ team of talented associates strive to deliver complete satisfaction with simplicity to contract partners.
“Supporting the arts is not just something we enjoy but it is part of our lives,” says Dave S. Lessaris, President of Diamond Glassworks. “We have really become entranced by the dance, artistry, music, costumes and of course the stories of GHDT. We love seeing the incredible works of Mr. Hancock’s come to life on stage. We have missed seeing the live performances this year because of the pandemic. We want to help support GHDT as they return to the theatre,” he adds.
“It is so important to have support from loyal sponsors, contributors and patrons for a non-profit arts organization, especially now,” says Ivy Heazeltine, President of the Board of Directors for GHDT. “We thank Diamond Glassworks for their continued commitment to GHDT and we are super excited that they are our Presenting Sponsor this season. It is a great alignment. Both organizations have a mission for excellence and service to local communities with a passion for creating works of art in their own realm.”
We are excited to welcome students back with new COVID-19 procedures well in place!
We held an abbreviated schedule of classes this summer starting in June and we are eager to get back to a full schedule of training August 3rd. New student registration is August 1st from 10:00AM-2:00PM. For more information on class schedule, COVID-19 procedures, dress code, and additional academy policies, click here!
For registration forms for the 2020-2021 Schedule, click here!
Any questions? Please contact The Academy of GHDT at 317.844.2660 or email us at email@example.com
March 13, 2020 was the last day of rehearsal for the dancers of GHDT before the STAY-AT-HOME order was issued due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Over the last three months during their time away from rehearsals, performances and the company, they have had an opportunity to reflect on their art, explore new projects and adapt to a new normal. They have shared some fun and introspective thoughts about this crazy and challenging time. They look forward to returning to rehearsals in September for the October GHDT performance at The Tarkington. They cannot wait to see all of you back in the theatre!
Thank you Abbie, Hannah, Chloe, Zoe, Camden, Thomas, Olivia and Adrian for your candid responses.
What have you learned during this STAY-AT-HOME time?
Zoe Maish: One thing I became aware of is how much dance is intertwined into my life. Without dance in my life something inside me felt incomplete. This great pause has made me grateful for my craft. The time and ability to dance in life is brief. I will be sure to live in these moments instead of speeding through them and always looking to what is next.
Chloe Holzman: I have always known how much I love dance, but quarantine has magnified just how much the arts as a whole define my life and my identity. Given the time to do anything I wished, I still chose to spend my time finding ways to surround myself with creativity and exploration. I have actually been able to reconnect with my interest in choreography, which had taken a back seat as I entered into a professional career over the past few years.
Olivia Payton: There can be something special in the unknown. Yes, I wish we knew exactly when this time would be over and yes I wish all of the wonderful things we planned for would be a guarantee. But there’s something beautiful in waking up unsure and ready to discover whatever you’re meant to discover that day, even when you’re confined to your own homes. I’ve learned that, as long as you’re ready to adapt, you’ll be able to see the good in a situation.
What do you think performances will be like when we return to the theatre after reopening?
Abigail Lessaris: I think audiences will have to be smaller for some time. I think going to the theatre might become less of a social gathering for some time, but I think that could actually be really wonderful. Instead of coming to a show for a night out with family and friends it becomes a night of art and reflection. A beautiful, personal experience for each audience member.
Camden Lancaster: It will be a new experience as an audience member and as a dancer. In my opinion performances for anyone in the future will allow for new creative processes for choreographers and dancers.
Hannah Brown: I think it will be a while before we can perform any of our existing story ballets due to the new rules about social distancing. But I know that the new pieces created during this time will be beautiful and moving as well.
Olivia Payton: Our performances will still continue to captivate audiences. This is a universal time, everyone is feeling something during this, so I have no doubt that Mr. Hancock will, as he always does, create work that brings people together.
How do you see yourself developing as an artist through this time?
Abbie Lessaris: Mr. Hancock always tells us that our world can change in an instant. Of course as humans we all know this is true, and we’ve all seen it in different facets of our lives. However, the day of March 13 when we all went home from work not knowing when we would return, will of course make me appreciate my job and my art more than ever.
Zoe Maish: I believe an artist’s greatest strength is the ability to adapt and to keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Moving forward in this time of uncertainty will be a great challenge for myself and fellow artists all around the globe in that regard.
Camden Lancaster: I have developed as an artist by creating movement in spaces that I normally wouldn’t. I also have been able to teach online which was a new experience.
Chloe Holzman: Quarantine has been a long journey, but a journey always has a destination. My destination is a place of life and vibrancy. I feel that my capacity for emotion and energy in my work has expanded to a new realm of possibilities. I am a braver and more empathetic artist now, and I hope that will be reflected in my dancing, choreography, and teaching.
What do you think artists will gain from this time of shelter-in-place?
Zoe Maish: I think artists will gain a greater appreciation for time spent with their fellow performers. It is very easy to fall into routines when you see the same set of people each day. And I hope to see people take better care of each other.
Camden Lancaster: I think we have gained an appreciation for being able to dance with others in person. To have the ability to perform in front of a live audience. To teach in person. But I also think we have gained a new way to dance and share the gift of dance.
Chloe Holzman: There has always been a closely-knit community of artists in the world, but quarantine has shown us just how strong that net of support is. I think that moving forward artists will learn how to lean on each other more and offer knowledge in collaboration rather than find ways to be competitive. My hope for our community here in Indianapolis is that all the smaller groups of artists can band together and form a true artistic community.
Hannah Brown: I think artists will gain an appreciation for the fragility of what we do. How quickly our world was stripped from us when public gatherings were cancelled, and how slowly those things will return. It made me think a lot about how non-essential what we do is. But despite that fact, I think what we do is still very important. I think we can provide so many things to different people. Whether that’s truth, or beauty, or even simply a couple of hours of escape from reality. We may be non-essential, but we’re not unimportant.
Thomas Mason: We need life experiences to inform and inspire our creations and this time has definitely been a time in my life I will never forget.
How have you kept music and dance in your life?
Abbie Lessaris: I’ve never had more time in my life to sit on my balcony, enjoy the weather, and listen to music all over the board.
Zoe Maish: I have listened to music almost every day in quarantine. I have discovered a lot of new music and artists that I am looking forward to choreographing to in the future. I have kept dance in my life by watching many streams online, YouTube videos, and a few DVD’s of performances I have at home.
Camden Lancaster: I was able to teach online. So every week I would create a class for my students. I would also improv a little bit on my own.
Hannah Brown: I’ve taught a ballet class through zoom once a week for the academy. I’ve also watched some dance performances through Youtube. A lot of dancers from around the world have been holding live ballet classes on Instagram, so I’ve taken part in a few of those.
Olivia Payton: Music has always been a part of my life regardless of dance, I adore finding new music and making playlists. I’ve tried to give myself class at home, follow along to instagram live classes, and take zoom classes, but in reality nothing compares to being in the studio.
Where is your practice space for dance at home?
Abbie Lessaris: Honestly, I have taken a lot of this time to rest my body. I think COVID-19 was a sign from the universe that we all needed to slow down. I can’t say I’ve danced at home… besides there definitely isn’t ANY room in my home.
Thomas Mason: Any spot that doesn’t have a dog or furniture.
Chloe Holzman: My dining area is the only spot in my apartment with decent space and hardwood floor, so I give myself class there. To teach class, I turn my kitchen table on its side and push it into my galley kitchen, then balance my computer on top! If I wake up early enough, I go to my apartment’s basketball court and do some larger movements, but I have to get there before anyone who wants to actually play basketball!
Hannah Brown: I move my living room furniture out of the way to make an open space in my living room. It’s small, but it’s been enough space to teach zoom classes and give myself class.
What have you used for a barre?
Thomas Mason: The railing on my balcony.
Zoe Maish: I have been using one of my wooden dining chairs with a high back on it. It’s the perfect height for a barre!
Chloe Holzman: At first I was using a windowsill for a barre, but then I was given a portable barre made out of PVC pipe.
Hannah Brown: A dining room chair.
What do you miss most about daily rehearsals at GHDT?
Abbie Lessaris: I miss my GHDT family more than anything else. I miss being in the same space with my friends. The human contact, The hugs and the laughs.
Zoe Maish: I miss being able to move to beautiful music in an open space. I also miss seeing my colleagues smiling faces every day.
Camden Lancaster: I miss being with the company, dancing together, and the conversations we have throughout the day.
Chloe Holzman: I miss being athletic. I still have some aspect of artistry in my life because any kind of movement can be art. But because of limited space and safety concerns, I don’t get the chance to really be an athletic dancer anymore.
Olivia Payton: Although yes I miss being in shape and dancing every day, I think I miss the other dancers the most. I have something to learn from everyone in this company and I miss working with them daily. They’ve all helped me grow in different ways, and I can’t wait to get back to dancing with them.
What GHDT repertoire pieces keep coming to mind?
Abbie Lessaris: There’s No Place Like Home.
It hasn’t been created yet and I think that has definitely kept it in my mind. Plus, the title, it’s so appropriate right now!
Zoe Maish: One GHDT repertoire piece that has kept coming up in my mind during quarantine is “Every Moment, Every Day.” It is one of my favorite rep pieces I have had the opportunity to perform. It has a beautiful message of how everyone in life carries something with them. And it may not always be something visible on the outside. I hope people have become more compassionate during quarantine and will consider this message in their everyday interactions.
Chloe Holzman: Obviously Exodus is a big piece of rep that I think about, since we had already begun rehearsals and attempted to reschedule the performance. I’m also reminded a lot of Until There is No More because that piece is about illness and survival (and we wear face masks!).
Hannah Brown: I’ve been thinking about River’s Edge a lot. It’s always been one of my favorites and the joy in that piece is something I’ve been thinking about frequently.
How have you kept art in your life?
Abbie Lessaris: I’ve been painting A LOT. Wine and Canvas follow along videos on YouTube have been a real lifesaver during this time.
Zoe Maish: I have kept art in my life by watching some of the live streamed performances that have been made available. Some of these include The Cellist by the Royal Ballet and Anastasia by the Royal Ballet.
Camden Lancaster:I have kept art in my life by teaching and dancing myself. I have also been watching dance online, some have been performances others have been short combos posted.
Chloe Holzman: I enjoy watching how other people have been creative with their time and unique locations. One silver lining about quarantine is that it has forced artists to share and connect more via social media, so I can follow new work and explorations a lot more closely.
Olivia Payton: I’ve found that art is almost everywhere, music, dance, paintings, makeup, there’s endless forms of art. Fortunately, art is very accessible during this time and watching videos and supporting other artists online has been so wonderful. I hope that people realize that art cannot be free because artists have rent and bills to pay also, when this is over we have to support each other. Free performances were nice for a bit, but it’s unfair to ask a local restaurant owner to give you a free meal, likewise it’s unfair to ask an artist to give you a free performance or piece of their work.
What does your pet think of you being home more?
Abbie Lessaris: My sweet baby Apollo doesn’t know why we go on 10 walks a day now but he’s definitely loving it.
Thomas Mason: My dog is tired of all the walks he gets now.
Camden Lancaster: I have a cat, and honestly I think she’s enjoyed us being home for the most part. But definitely has her moments when she wants to be left alone!
Hannah Brown: My dog, Barkley, has pretty bad separation anxiety, so he has loved having us home all the time.
Olivia Payton: I think my sweet dog Grace is enjoying all of the extra cuddles, she hasn’t told me otherwise.
What movies/shows have you been binging?
Thoma Mason: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Zoe Maish: I watched all of Cheer on Netflix and all of Insatiable on Netflix. Both are very good shows that I would recommend!
Camden Lancaster:Outer Banks, All American, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist have been the shows we binged. They are very good!
Hannah Brown: The Great (Hulu), Dexter (Netflix), The Big Flower Fight (Netflix), Victoria (Prime), and a bunch of Disney movies on Disney+.
Adrian Dominguez: I love watching The Office and The Star Wars movies. I also enjoy watching the Rocky movies along with Creed. Definitely a lot of Marvel and DC superhero movies along with ESPN talk shows.
Have you created any new gourmet food dishes? Please share.
Zoe Maish: I have not created any one dish in particular, but I started cooking and experimenting with seafood much more while in quarantine.
Chloe Holzman: I have become an expert at making chocolate chip pancakes.
Olivia Payton: I can’t cook. I thought during this time I’d become a master chef, but unfortunately the most advanced thing I can make is Mac & Cheese (from a box)
Adrian Dominguez: I make killer tilapia tacos and eggs with chorizo! Also I have been using vanilla almond milk and bananas in my protein shakes and they are amazing.
What new technology have you learned?
Zoe Maish: I have been learning more about video and photo editing programs!
Chloe Holzman: I learned every single possible thing about Zoom, which is the platform I use to teach dance lessons. I have always felt very comfortable with technology, but this shift to online learning was overwhelming at first!
Adrian Dominguez: I learned how to make video reels and have been playing with videography.
What would you tell our patrons about GHDT, the arts, what you miss and “getting back to the theatre?”
Abbie Lessaris: This company is important for an infinite number of reasons. Art is important. Live theatre is important. I know the idea of returning to the theatre can be daunting. We can’t return too soon. However, I hope when the time is right everyone is ready to come watch us dance.
Thomas Mason: Time away from the arts is hard but creates inspiration to keep creating because art is essential.
Zoe Maish: The arts are an integral part of our society and culture. It is how we as humans express concepts greater than us and not always tangible. I hope to see all of patrons again soon. I know this next phase moving forward will be a major adjustment period for everyone. But we will stay strong and will have learned so much on this new venture together.
Camden Lancaster: This coming season will be one you don’t want to miss. I know for myself I’m very eager to get back to the studio and dance. I have missed dancing in a space that I can move to my fullest ability. Getting back on the stage will be an amazing feeling and I think the dancers will have an added passion when being on stage again. I believe upcoming performances will be created in new ways due to what social distancing looks like at that time. I’m very excited to get back!
Hannah Brown: The company will have to be creative as we get back to performing, but the arts aren’t going anywhere, and I know that the company will present beautiful, moving works when we return to the theatre.
What are you looking forward to in the upcoming season?
Zoe Maish: I am looking forward to creating new works. Every day I get to dance is a gift moving forward. I am excited to bond with my colleagues through all of this moving forward.
Camden Lancaster: Being able to dance on stage again and in front of a live audience. I also believe this season will be different with what social distancing will allow for choreography and performances. I’m excited for what Mr. Hancock will create.
Chloe Holzman: I’m most excited to see the new works that are being born of a situation that forces us to think outside the box. I have always been drawn to art that is unusual and overcomes obstacles, so I can’t wait to see how we take what may be a more traditional choreographic concept and twist it to fit the times in which we live.
Hannah Brown: Just getting back in the studio and moving again. We’ll figure out how to work with the new regulations, I’m just looking forward to dancing.
Adrien Dominguez: I’m looking forward to learn from Mr. Hancock and the GHDT family. I’m excited for the challenges we will have to face as we will be adapting to new guidelines to keep everyone safe. I am super excited to perform and be part of a great team.