Dance Kaleidoscope is Indiana's longest performing professional contemporary dance company, formed in 1972 by Susan Burack. It grew out of an educational program with Arts for Learning Indiana: Voice of the Arts (formerly Young Audiences of Indiana), the local chapter of the national arts organization that supports arts in education and has maintained a partnership with Arts for Learning throughout its history. Through its educational programs, the company has performed in hundreds of schools throughout Indiana and the country and annually presents dozens of student matinees and workshops that serve thousands of school children.
As a mainstay of its mission, DK consistently brings the finest quality contemporary dance performances to diverse audiences of all ages with a strong emphasis on arts education. In 1977, DK became a professional repertory company with the appointment of Cherri Jaffee as Artistic Director. Cherri created rich, varied performances, using acclaimed guest choreographers. In 1986, DK dancer Ginger Hall was appointed Co-Artistic Director.
In 1991, David Hochoy became Artistic Director. David, who was born in Trinidad, West Indies, eventually joined the Martha Graham Dance Company where he became soloist and later rehearsal director and toured the world with the company. David and other guest choreographers explore the limits of the human body as a means of expression. Through movement, their dances paint landscapes of the soul revealing the full spectrum of human emotions.
This collection spans the rich history of the company beginning with the original eight dancers, up through the current season. It comprises programs, photographs and promotional material from acclaimed performances such as Scheherazade, Carmina Burana, COLE! and more. Other highlights include sketches from costume designer Cheryl Sparks and over a hundred videos of past performances from over four decades.
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