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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
June 29 & 30, 2012
The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts

A timeless tale of love and jealousy, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” celebrates Victor Hugo’s dark tale with contemporary flair. Traditional choral song sits amid contemporary French and English music for a rich blended score that punctuates the mixing of contemporary costuming with timeless peasant wraps. An every-changing cast reminiscent of the ancient Greek Chorus sets the scene with which Hugo’s key characters are manipulated. Dancers transform from Parisians to peasants, to nuns and vicars of Notre Dame.

Featuring a large cast, prolific storyteller, Gregory Hancock uses poignant moments mixed with athletic artistry to capture the essence of Quasimodo – the malformed man with a soul of gold, shunned for his looks alone. Dazzled by the gypsy beauty Esmeralda, Quasimodo braves the world to befriend her. The many eyes of Notre Dame look on as their mournful tale plays out. The gypsy is hunted by the bell ringers’ guardian Dom Claude Frollo, toyed with by the handsome but discredible Captain Phoebus, and warned repeatedly about merciless destiny by her own protector Clopin. In the end it is the scorn and jealousy of Phoebus’ fiancĂ©e Fleur de Lys who seals Esmeralda’s fate, and plunges those who love her into a cataclysmic spiral.