Modern dance? Many would rather submit to a combo IRS audit/alien rectal probe. Combine that aesthetic ambivalence with the body blows the economys been raining down on the arts, and its kinda surprising the forms still breathing.
For Lisa Starry and Scorpius Dance Theatre, life is good. Why? Because Starry gives hesitant Gen Xers and Yers the folks with the disposable incomes what they want. And thats a little pop-culture sugar to help the medicine, er, contemporary dance go down.
Consider that one of the artistic director/choreographers core influences is Cirque du Soleil. Her annual Nutcracker of Halloween, A Vampire Tale, predated Stephenie Meyer/Twilight mania. In general, Starry says her inspiration comes from the movies rather than other choreographers (and those whove seen A Vampire Tale know its much closer in spirit to Interview With the Vampire than Bella Swan).
Starrys latest enticement is Sympathy for the Devil, a rockin romp set to The Rolling Stones burner thats scheduled to world-première at 10: We Will Rock You Scorpius Dance Theatres 10-Year Anniversary Showcase Thursday at Phoenix Theatre.
The nonprofit, 20-member troupe has kept butts in the seats and the economy at bay thanks largely to Starrys prescience (read: Vampire Tale), prolific output, and, of course, accessibility. My dream was always to entertain, and thats what is working for Scorpius, Starry tells New Times. I have over 100 works that I created over the last 10 years. It was a little hard, but I managed to select 26 of my favorites [for 10: We Will Rock].
Those works will alternate in repertory over five performances.