For the last three years, concertgoers to the New Harmony Music Festival & School have been treated to the talents of Michigan-born singer, musician, and step-dancer, Nic Gareiss, and his versatile flying feet, graceful swoops and leaps and percussive steps joining in with New Orleans piano music, Irish reels, old-timey hoedowns, and even classical music. Gareiss is returning to New Harmony Sunday, Oct 15 for a "sunset matinee" of sorts with a new solo show. The program (approximately 1-hour in length) is being performed in the gallery space of the Owen Community House where Gareiss regularly teaches during the summer festival school. Timed to the sunset, the program offers some unique surprises as well as Gareiss' consistently excellent music and dance stylings.
About the new show...
"Solo Square Dance" is a one-person percussive dance performance commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act that banned citizens from dancing in homes. The show, about an hour in length, features Gareiss original pieces inspired by dance prohibitions, including the Elmore City, OK dancing ban that inspired the film Footloose and the most recently lifted dancing ban in Pound, VA, lifted in 1999. The ban required that dancing permits not be granted "to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character." Set in houses, "Solo Square Dance" uses traditional and original step dance moves from Ireland, Canada, and Appalachia as a means to understand dance within public/private life and the power of dancing as a force for social change.
One show only at 5pm. General Admission $15, Students & Seniors $10. Doors & box office open at 4:30 PM on the day of the show. Phone reservations and info: 812-472-4321