First Steps

Troupe gets off on right Foot

Fri 4/23
"I don't want the audience to blink," says Hodgie Jo, artistic director for Imation Dance Company, "not even once, throughout my show." It's a stiff mandate, but one he just might pull off. The debut performance of his modern jazz dance company, Footsteps, is an amalgam of Cirque du Soleil-inspired acrobatics, Asiatic allusions and, of course, dancing. Combining so many components, Jo explains, multiplies the amount of choreography he can create. Case in point: this three-part production, with the jazz-oriented The Firm and Cotton Club occupying the first half. The second half is a cross between The Matrix and Armageddon, wherein black-and-white-unitard-clad dancers wield Chinese swords and ribbons, exploring God, machine and man. What a show.

Catch Footsteps at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $35; call 480-994-2787 or 602-212-9999. -- Elizabeth Exline

Forbidden Flute
ASU production blows Mozart

Strike a pose: Imation Dance Company performs Footsteps.
Strike a pose: Imation Dance Company performs Footsteps.
Lip service: Mozart's Magic Flute is performed at ASU.
Tim Trumble
Lip service: Mozart's Magic Flute is performed at ASU.
Hand job: Adults are treated to special performances by puppets.
courtesy of Little Blue Moon Theatre
Hand job: Adults are treated to special performances by puppets.
Dutch door action: Deception goes round and round in Cat's Paw.
courtesy of iTheatre Collaborative
Dutch door action: Deception goes round and round in Cat's Paw.

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