Thursday, March 3, 2016
Modern dance meets Springsteen in 'Touch' at the Marshall Ellis Theatre
By Thaddeus McCollum
on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 5:58 AM
8:30 p.m., Friday-Sunday, March 4-6, also March 11-13 | Marshall Ellis Theatre, 1300 La Quinta Drive | dancetheatreoforlando.com
Alabama native Marshall Ellis has made a name for himself running the Marshall Ellis Theatre and associated dance troupe, ME Dance, since 2011. Starting this season, however, he’s taking his initials off the troupe’s name in favor of the less self-referential Dance Theatre of Orlando. Ellis’ troupe kicks off their rebranding season with Touch: The Human Experience, an original series of dance vignettes set during the Great Depression and set to the music of Bruce Springsteen. If you’re a Springsteen purist – or just someone who knows how to work a calendar – who’s thinking to yourself, “Hey, wait a minute. Springsteen wasn’t around to make music during the Depression; he’s just from Jersey,” chill out: Jersey and depression have gone hand in hand for billions of years, and there’s an inherent mirroring between the beaten-down blue collar worker ballads of Springsteen’s ’70s and ’80s material and the beaten-down blue collar workers of the Great Depression. Because history may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme, as Mark Twain is often credited with saying.