Where’s Amy rates Gregory Hancock’s ‘Black Dahlia’ as ‘pure perfection’

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Commentary by Amy Pauszek

Pure perfection. That’s what I felt after seeing the world premiere of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s outstanding production of “The Black Dahlia.”

These professional dancers gave powerful performances that kept the audience in suspense along with including them in a pop-up dance, clapping and a sing-a-long. Guests were also treated to a delicious spread of crackers, cheese and fruit, generously donated by local sponsors.

The story revolves around the notorious, unsolved Hollywood murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947. “The Black Dahlia” was craftily collaborated with Artistic Director Gregory Hancock, along with the dancers of GHDT. I truly was mesmerized by the dancing, beautifully detailed costumes and the smoky, swanky bar set and lighting design. Hancock presented a mysterious atmosphere with a ‘whodunnit’ kind of feel. I am still wondering who did murder “The Black Dahlia.” Trust me, the show was truly outstanding, and I can’t stop thinking about the performance. If you missed it, be sure to get your tickets to see GHDT’s masterpiece “Superhero,” the compelling and poignant portrayal of a man who changed history. “Superhero” comes to The Tarkington April 14 and 15, and Where’s Amy can’t wait to see you there. For more, visit gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org.


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