Blue Lapis Light

Dancing across a skyscraper skeleton

Blue Lapis Light
Photo By Jana Birchum

With the March 27 unveiling of the design for the new federal courthouse slated for the block west of Republic Square, it looks like we're finally close to being rid of the multistory Intel shell that's been cluttering up the skyline since the bust. But before it goes away for good, the concrete eyesore is actually going to become something beautiful – or at least be the site for something beautiful. For site-specific choreographer Sally Jacques has been granted permission to set her next Blue Lapis Light production, Requiem, on the shell. Plans call for dancers to utilize, not just the space's bare floors, but also its 120-inch concrete columns, ascending and descending by ropes, cloth, and bungee cords, as they have in such Jacques works as last year's Whispers of Heaven and the two parts of Where Nothing Falls. Among the dancers bravely scrambling over the Intel skeleton will be familiar Blue Lapis Light daredevils Laura Cannon, Theresa Hardy, and Nicole Whiteside, while other regular collaborators – lighting designer Jason Amato, sound designer William Meadows, musicians Tina Marsh, Eddy Hobizal, and Terry Muir – will help to transform the building that never was into a space for art. You can see their efforts from June 7-24 at the 400 W. San Antonio site; but prior to that you can help support the show by attending Blue Moon, a fashion and dance soiree/fundraiser emceed by Miss Kitty and the Chronicle's own style avatar, Stephen Moser, Thursday, May 18, 6-9pm, at Cedar Street Courtyard/Málaga, 208 W. Fourth.ÊOr if you have a ball gown or wedding dress you're not using, Jacques could use it for Requiem. Any color, any style, no matter how old. Drop it off at the Intel shell between 10:30am and 12:30pm daily, or call 736-9700. For more information, visit www.bluelapislight.org.

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