Y2 DAY (2000)
In 2000, the Joel Hall dancers debuted Y2 Day, a performance that recalled the “communal chaos” of New Year’s Eve in 1999. The piece was first commissioned by Shirley Madigan at the Cultural Center, followed by a full production at the Athenaeum Theater. This award-winning performance was featured on WTTW and incorporated urban jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and traditional African dance. The soundtrack included a dramatic mix of Japanese Kodo drums. For this piece, Hall envisioned representatives from the world’s nations—in colorful and elaborate masks—gathered around a table discussing the current state of affairs and how to change them for the better. By the close of the piece, the dancers end up dancing in unison in a dynamic and powerful denouement.
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