“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines…” begins the story of Madeline, the precocious, vivacious character beloved in the many stories published by Ludwig Bemalmens starting in 1936. “The Misadventures of Madeline” will be presented by the Nordhoff High School Dance Program along with twenty other dance works at the upcoming Spring Dance Concerts on Saturday , May 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. at Matilija Auditorium.
The theme of the concerts is “Once Upon A Time: Stories, Voices and Dances of the Past.” The concert will include a 1920’s set of tap work to the Charleston and octher 1920’s music and an African dance about the values of honor and love choreographed by teacher Kim Hoj as well as ten student choreographed works about stories ranging from child abuse to bullying to friendship and the power of overcoming adversity. The Nordhoff Dance Program includes 59 dancers ranging from beginners to advanced experience as performers.
NBDT performing Almost A Waltz - Photo by Steve Shea
“Madeline, “Sygnex 2” and “Almost a Waltz” are three works that were created by master dance artist Nannette Brodie during her three-week residency at Nordhjtoff this January. Nannette’s visit to Ojai and the inclusion of her dance company to perform in the upcoming Nordhoff concert was sponsored by Ojai Rotary and The Oaks at Ojai as well as DANCER, the parent group for the dance program. NBDT will join the Nordhoff Dancers to perform the can-can during “Madeline,” a section of “Almost A Waltz, an exciting Fosse style jazz work and a modern work about the challenges of immigration.
Tickets for the concerts are available and can be purchased online at www.nhsdance.com or at the box office one hour before the event. For questions, contact Robyn Halverson at 640-4343 x 1861.
-Article written by Kim Hoj