SHORT REVIEW: Why Dance Matters

IVIR Dance Company kicks off two weeks of a Spoleto-like arts festival of music, theater, and dance.

IVIR Dance Company brought Spoleto-like performance to Cape Charles August 3.


August 5, 2013

Dance transcends language barriers. Last Saturday, eight Italian dancers from the IVIR Danza company kicked off the Harbor for the Arts 2013 in a sparsely attended world class performance at the Palace Theatre in Cape Charles.

The superb piece “Today is Already Tomorrow” was choreographed by Irma Cardano, accompanied by a mixture of classical, techno, and popular music. The elegant, energetic and lyrical movements by the young dancers managed to convey their interpretations of that existential question “What is the meaning of life?”.

Kudos to Clelia Sheppard for spearheading the Harbor for the Arts. In Europe, these types of summer art festivals are very popular and underwritten by both the government and commercial sponsors. Attending the Arts festival in Avignon, France, or Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria, are worthwhile endeavors, but let us not forget we can also enjoy the arts in our own backyard.

REVIEWERS WANTED: The Wave is looking for volunteer reviewers to document the unprecedented two-week Harbor for the Arts Festival. You need not be a professional (after all, many of the productions are by amateurs) — just a lover of the arts. And if desired, you can even write anonymously, as the above reviewer requested. Reviews should be submitted as quickly as possible following a performance (ideally within 24 hours). Email [email protected] to coordinate.



6 Responses to “SHORT REVIEW: Why Dance Matters”

  1. Geneva Smith on August 6th, 2013 8:35 am

    My daughter, who is on the board of Latin Ballet Of Virginia and my granddaughter, who is in the company, attended the performance and thought it was wonderful.
    Thank you Mrs. Sheppard.

  2. Antonio Sacco on August 6th, 2013 12:46 pm

    The folks here are not art lovers, they don’t even know what the word means, they don’t even know if Art hit them in the face. If it were not for “come-heres” to introduce the arts to them, this town would still be in the Dark Ages.

  3. Bruce Lindeman on August 7th, 2013 7:49 am

    I wish we could do away with labels. If I could strike the term, “come heres” from our lexicon I would. It serves no viable purpose other than to spark negative debate. Can we instead build up rather than constantly tear down? Why not celebrate the Arts that we have — that so many in our fair town try to bring to us all — rather than talk negatively about it? In our little town, we have artists, professional writers, carvers, photographers, dancers, singers/musicians, and film producers who live among us. It matters not whether they are come heres or not. I find Cape Charles to be an artistic haven and I fully appreciate the work that good folks like Clelia and the Arts Enter team do for the good of our community.

  4. David Gay on August 7th, 2013 10:02 am

    Bruce you really summed it up! This town is amazing. We have a great diversity of talent and opinions. Thank God for that. Otherwise think how dull life would be. Cape Charles rocks.

  5. Luisa Gazzolo on August 7th, 2013 12:01 pm

    I was one of the lucky ones who saw this amazing performance and I thought they were awesome! The good news is that these dancers are doing an encore performance Friday, August 16, at 7 p.m.!

  6. Regina Aleksiewicz on August 8th, 2013 7:22 am

    Cape Charles is so lucky to have such talented artists. It would cost at least $45 to see these dancers in Washington, DC. We got to see them for a paltry $12. And, I am so glad I did see them!