Company brings modern dance, improv to Botanica

“In Full Bloom,” a program by The Regina Klenjoski Dance Company is set for April 18 at Botanica.

“In Complete Bloom,” a application by The Regina Klenjoski Dance Firm is established for April 18 at Botanica.


The Regina Klenjoski Dance Organization is “slowly earning our way to live performances,” its founder suggests, “still in a compact way, very socially distanced and pretty outside.”

The dance business will have its to start with reside effectiveness in much more than a year on April 18, titled “In Comprehensive Bloom,” at Botanica.

“It’s a beautiful room, and the pandemic certainly has steered us toward outside areas … to retain it protected for people to be comfortable and nonetheless have out of doors performances and continue to continue to keep our dancers dancing,” Regina Klenjoski mentioned, noting that Botanica govt director Marty Miller is psyched about bringing more efficiency arts to the gardens, which includes a Wichita Symphony effectiveness on May 14.

Klenjoski mentioned she likes the chance to convey dance to exactly where it may possibly not be expected, away from a theatrical placing.

“I’m fired up about dance in web site-precise spots, bringing it down to peoples’ faces,” she explained. “It breaks down that barrier between artist and communities.”

Social distancing of 6 ft between parties will be in position, and the general performance will adhere to Botanica’s regulations for deal with masks, to be worn indoors but not outdoor.

The dance efficiency will include 3 pieces: “Radical Joy,” what Klenjoski has referred to as a “work in progress” for the past calendar year: “US,” a stay model of the shorter dance movie that debuted throughout the “Duets for My Valentine” streaming software in February and an improvisational dance piece.

“Radical Joy” acquired enter from the group in the course of the previous couple calendar year and was turned into a filmed piece previous drop.

“Last fall was centered all around looking by a digital camera lens,” Klenjoski said. “Now it is definitely concentrated on establishing it for live general performance, which is diverse selections from an creative viewpoint and what we want to focus on as much as movement.”

Some of the tranquil, personal moments have been taken out, which includes text, Klenjoski claimed, which operate superior for a camera than for a are living audience.

“It’s been a cathartic process because it’s concentrating on dwell performance after focusing on film for so long,” she mentioned. “That has modified the progress of the piece, exactly where it is again to the choreographic total picture compared to all the cinematic prospects.”

Four of the company’s 5 dancers — Heather Eilerts, Max Mayerle, Elleigh McClelland and Rhiannon Vieyra — are showcased. The fifth is en route to a live performance in Washington, D.C.

“US” was initially created with a Valentine’s concept, Klenjoski stated, but was adjusted just after the Jan. 6 violent protests at the U.S. Capitol. It retains the similar tunes — “Somebody to Love” by Queen.

“The underlying concept of that get the job done is enthusiasm — passionate attraction and passionate resistance — and how is it that our enthusiasm can uplift one thing, or cross the line and enflame and melt away a thing,” Klenjoski reported.

Dance improv is one thing neither Klenjoski nor her firm have experimented with quite often, she claimed, apart from for warmups in advance of rehearsals.

“The dancers are in the second, responding to prompts they are given,” Klenjoski mentioned. “This piece will be form of a new enterprise to set out there for” the dance firm.

Klenjoski is undecided regardless of whether she’ll be on phase with the dancers all through the improv.

“They’re responding to every single other, to the viewers, and to the space,” Klenjoski claimed.

Just one 7 days prior to the general performance, the organization will host a “Community Dance Experience” at midday on Saturday, April 10 at Botanica.

All ages are welcome, she stated, and will participate in motion physical exercises.

“I’m likely to be guiding them by a warmup, with some of the improv tools,” Klenjoski stated. “We don’t want to say it is a ‘dance class,’ due to the fact the minute you listen to ‘dance course,’ people feel, ‘Oh, I’m going to learn a little something and copy it and perform it.’ They’re heading to be shifting with us.”

This slide, the corporation options to ultimately report a movie model of “Far From Dwelling,” a piece it premiered in the tumble of 2019 and was scheduled to tape last slide. It also has ideas for a major generation and a major collaboration, thank to an arts grant, for the spring of 2022.

Klenjoski and company members also will be going to senior residences this fall, doing work with the older generation on movement and dance centered on the concept of “Radical Joy.”

“Joy is a lifelong pursuit,” Klenjoski claimed.

‘In Entire Bloom’

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18

Where by: Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 Amidon Street.

Tickets: $20, which include admission to Botanica, at