The Cavaliers will like to give Nick Pupillo and Visceral Dance Chicago the biggest of thank yous for welcoming our color guard and giving them an incredibly worthwhile experience.
"They all felt a little bit vulnerable at times because of something new and I think that that really let them get closer to each other and let them really grow as performers and as dancers," said Travis Speice, Color Guard Caption Head of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.
"We're going to be able to do much with this throughout the summer," said Blake Dutton, Color Guard Designer of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Coprs. "We are extremely indebted to what Visceral has done for us and I am just so thankful that we were able to have this opportunity with them."
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About Nick Pupillo
Nick Pupillo, Founder and Artistic Director of Visceral Dance Chicago, graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet. In 2001, Pupillo joined the acclaimed Giordano Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for three years. Pupillo decided in 2006 to train and mentor young talent by developing the prestigious Visceral Studio Company.
In 2007, he founded Visceral Dance Center to provide the Chicago community with a new venue for artistic and technical growth. This facility continues to be a Chicago dance landmark. TimeOut Chicago lists Visceral Dance Center as "A bustling, well-appointed facility...with instructors from top companies and in-demand guest teachers." Utilized by a number of Chicago-based companies, Visceral Dance Center is home to its resident company, Visceral Dance Chicago.
Pupillo founded Visceral Dance Chicago in the fall of 2013. This repertory company presents his daring vision to explore the infinite possibilities of contemporary movement. The dancers of Visceral demonstrate this choreographic invention and are recognized for their technique, passion, and athleticism. In less than three years, Pupillo has led the company in a forthright direction, establishing a repertoire described as "expertly devised and stylish as they come." (Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune) He created six signature works for the company, Impetere, Senza di te, My Realm, Sum Noir, She Three and Vital. He has also commissioned world premieres by Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Monica Cervantes, Marguerite Donlon, Brian Enos, and Robyn Mineko Williams as well as company premieres by Ohad Naharin and Fernando Melo. Pupillo continues the company's bold vision this season, commissioning works by Marguerite Donlon, heightening the"distinct flavor to this fledgling company that differentiates it from the other high kick, high flair, contemporary dance companies." (Lauren Warnecke, Art Intercepts)
Pupillo has received various awards for his choreography, including "The Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Award" in 2005 and 2012 and "The Cliff Dwellers 2013 Choreographer of the Year. His work has been described as "a stroke of choreographic genius...complex, tumbling changes...in this portrait of perpetual motion." (Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune) "Nick Pupillo's world premiere piece, She Three, was by far one of the most visually stunning performances I have encountered thus far." (Rebecca Curl, Chicago Stage Standard) Pupillo is frequently invited to conduct master classes in the U.S. and around the world and has taught for the Jazz Dance World Congress, Chicago Dance Connection and Chicago NaUonal AssociaUon of Dance Masters. Pupillo is currently an artist in residence at Culver Academies.
About Visceral Dance Chicago
Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago is a contemporary Dance Company dedicated to a bold and progressive world of movement. In less than three years, the company has developed a diverse and respected repertoire. With works by distinguished choreographers Sidra Bell, Mónica Cervantes, Marguerite Donlon, Brian Enos, Robyn Mineko Williams, Banning Bouldin, Harrison McEldowney, Fernando Melo, Ohad Naharin, and Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago continues to challenge audiences' expectations. In January of 2015, Visceral Dance Chicago was named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch, recognizing the company's accomplishments and potential in the national community. "Visceral Dance Chicago breathes life into the Chicago arts community with their ability to intertwine complex human emotions with the raw beauty of dance and physical movement." (Chicago Stage Standard)
Visceral Dance Chicago began their fourth season performing at the 25th Anniversary of Dance For Life, followed closely by a fall engagement at the Harris Theater presenUng two new works by Erica Sobol and ArUsUc Director Nick Pupillo. In the spring of their 2016-2017 season, the company will create a full-length collaboraUon with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, entitled The Dream, premiering at the Harris Theater. Their SPRINGFOUR engagement at theHarris will include a work by Canadian-based choreographer Mark Godden as well as a new work by Pupillo, commissioned by the Harris Theater itself. Completing the season, Visceral Dance Chicago will return with the fourth edition of "SOLUS," a signature evening of solos. In an"expertly devised and stylish" (Chicago Tribune) repertoire, Visceral Dance Chicago distinguishes its unique position in the Chicago, national, and international dance communities; "...the buzz about this troupe is more than justified" (Chicago Sun-Times).
About The Cavaliers
Founded in 1948 from Boy Scout Troop 111, The Cavaliers are one of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, winning 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International world championships since 1992.
The Cavaliers provide a variety of educational and performance programs for young people, including GearWORKS, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, and Chromium Winds. The organization delivers life-changing experiences that go beyond music and performing arts to build personal accountability, excellence, teamwork, and camaraderie.
The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Illinois.