By Ally Richmond
This summer, Scorpius Dance Theater is bringing back its original show, L.O.V.E. This all original show made its debut in 2016, and is the pride and joy of its choreographer and director, Lisa Starry and its musical genius, Kristopher Hill. The show will be performed June 7-9 at the Metropolitan Arts Institute.
The show centers on a variety of short stories, each depicting a different type of love.
“I asked myself, ‘What is love about?’ It’s about more than just husband and wife love; it’s sibling love and friendship love. Sometimes these types of love are more powerful or meaningful,” says Starry.
The stories are expressed through dance, music and theatrical performance, all with the goal of sharing the main theme which is that love is everything.
“We’re going to be really honest with you,” Starry says.
This raw emotion that Starry hopes to evoke comes through the show’s wide range of relationships and dynamics.
The show includes more lighthearted love stories, such as first love and fairy-tale weddings, but also more serious stories, like motherly love, forgiveness and the loss of someone close. Some stories included in the show are new additions, added especially for the return of the show.
“I hope [the audience members] laugh and cry and find something they can think about after the show to help them,” says Starry.
The product is “magical” as Starry says and should appeal to a wide audience.
“It really touches something personal in everybody,” says Nicole Olson, one of 14 dancers in the show.
The show is also unique in a number of ways. First, it is smaller than most shows.
“Shows generally have around 20 people, but L.O.V.E is smaller with only 14,” says Starry.
Another unique thing about the show is that during the performance, all the dancers stay on stage, even when they aren’t dancing. They form a semi-circle around the dancers of each story, giving the audience the opportunity to see the dancer’s reactions and emotions while watching the show.
“Because all the performers stay on stage the entire time, we feel like we are sharing the show with the audience; watching the other dancers, reacting to their stories and feeling their emotions,” says Olson.
The music of the show also helps it to stand out.
Kristopher Hill, accomplished composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will provide live music for the entirety of the performance. He will provide vocals as well as play instruments such as guitar, drums, keyboard and baby grand piano.
This show is not only for people familiar with dance and theater. Anyone is welcome.
“Seeing love presented in a show like this, I believe the audience can come away feeling spirited and alive; a genuinely good feeling,” says Olson.
L.O.V.E will be held at the Metropolitan Arts Institute at 1700 N. 7th Avenue #100, Phoenix. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit www.scorpiusdance.com.