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The Ellington Experience 

When: Sat., May 28, 7 p.m., Mon., May 30, 12 p.m., Fri., June 3, 7 p.m., Thu., June 9, 12 p.m. and Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. 2011
Phone: (843) 724-7305
Price: $31

An Ellington Encore. During its initial run in February, The Ellington Experience, which explores the music of Duke Ellington through dance, received such an overwhelmingly positive response — including an extended standing ovation — that the company decided to bring it back for Piccolo. Only this time, choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr added even more Ellington songs to the program and introduced some new choreography.

AND ALL THAT JAZZ. Most of the performances in the production feature music from Ellington's The Far East Suite album. But for the new program, Eathorne Bahr decided to add pieces that were not exactly from the same era. One of the new additions to the program includes "Take The A Train."

ON POINT. Though it's generally absolutely entertaining and beautiful, at times jazz can be resoundingly fast-moving, featuring seemingly schizophrenic sounds that change pace more often than Lindsay Lohan goes to jail. Throughout the production, the dancers interpret these engaging, non-classical sounds while performing en pointe. Can you say ouch?

— Lisa Ryan
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