Annex Dance Company and The Eclectic Chamber Orchestra present 'Overhaul'

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Annex Dance Company and The Eclectic Chamber Orchestra will return to The Schoolhouse to present Overhaul on Saturday, February 1, 2020. There will be two performances at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Tickets are priced at $18 for adults and $15 for students, and can be purchased online at http://tickets.annexdancecompany.org.

Movement meets music meets movement in this exciting collaborative performance by Annex Dance Company and Eclectic Chamber Orchestra. Originally premiered at Charleston’s Rick Rhodes Studio in 2013, Overhaul explores the dynamic intersection of modern dance and music. Old works get a new treatment and give rise to fresh innovations as the dancers and musicians clash, melt, and intersect in space and rhythm. Annex Dance Company artistic director Kristin Alexander’s interconnected approach to choreography pairs with Eclectic Chamber Orchestra artistic director Laura Ball’s genius for melding musical genres and styles to provide an evening of unexpected moments and true human connection.

Alexander and Ball revisited Overhaul for the 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Festival because their creative processes were pushed during the original collaboration, with the music changing the dynamics and tone the movement, and the movement leading to new musical arrangements. “Overhaul was my first evening-length collaborative performance with Laura Ball,” says Alexander, “and since then we have collaborated on various projects ranging from master classes to full concerts. Besides having great respect for each other in our artistic disciplines, we share a common vision for making the arts accessible, connecting with new audience members, and collaborating in every sense of the word.”

Although much of the original production stayed the same, current Annex Dance Company repertory and a change of instrumentation led to new creative developments. Laura Ball says, “Revisiting old work with different players is always a welcome challenge and an exciting musical adventure. As each player and instrument creates a new and unique voice, the music changes shape as it evolves from off the page—through the fingers of the players—and jumps into the bodies of the dancers. I always look forward to experiencing the new work as it begins to take on fresh shapes and new sounds.” After the success of the Piccolo performance, Alexander and Ball immediately planned a remount of the show for the 2019-2020 season. “The musicians, dancers, and many of our Piccolo patrons asked about presenting Overhaul again. There has been a lot of excitement about the upcoming performance,” says Alexander.

Annex Dance Company and the Eclectic Chamber Orchestra will be performing Overhaul at The Schoolhouse located at 720 Magnolia Road, Charleston, SC 29407. Since opening its doors in 2016, The Schoolhouse has partnered with Annex Dance Company to host innovative performances in a unique setting.

To find more information about the performance and to explore the behind-the-scenes creative process, please visit the Annex Dance Company website, Facebook page, or follow the company on Instagram @annexdancecompany.

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