All the moves
Celebrating 23 years in the Valley, Scorpius Dance Theatre has been a constant presence in the metropolitan Phoenix arts community since its debut, combining the motifs of humor, drama, and both organic and technical movement to form a very distinct brand of dance theater and aerial arts.
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Formed in 1999, Scorpius Dance Theatre has been voted BEST CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY & BEST DANCE COLLECTIVE by Phoenix New Times.
Born under the astrological sign of Scorpio, Lisa Starry is passionate, determined and intuitive. These inherent traits are what help make Scorpius Dance Theatre the foremost performing arts company in Arizona.
The Arizona Republic 2014 Critics’ Pick: Best alternative to Cirque du Soleil With shows such as the fashion-inspired “Catwalk” and the annual “A Vampire Tale” — dubbed “the ‘Nutcracker’ of Halloween” — choreographer Lisa Starry’s company is inspired more by MTV than Martha Graham. And it has built an enthusiastic young audience by specializing in Cirque-style aerial dance, on ribbons and the lyra hoop.Kerry LengelReviewer, The Arizona Republic
Starry’s choreography for A Vampire Tale, filled with pas de deux performed in various couplings, showcases her dancers’ dramatic flair, athleticism, and grace. So, too, does aerial choreography by [Gavin] Sisson. The cast includes 27 dancers, 11 of whom perform aerial feats — sometimes solo, other times in tandem. Chief among them is Sisson, who exudes strength and agility in his work with silks, a suspended hoop, and the trapeze he twirls atop as if powering his own three-ring circus.Lynn TrimbleWriter, New Times
Best Contemporary Dance Collective: Before you try a few new moves, you’ll want to take some notes from the pros. And while the footwork choreographed by Lisa Starry for her Scorpius Dance Theatre might be a little much to take to the club, every step, bend, lift, and stretch performed by her dancers would be guaranteed to get you a double take — given you can pull ’em off.Best of 2012 People and places categoryPhoenix New Times