Wonderbound’s Sam & Delilah

Wonderbound’s Sam & Delilah

Wonderbound’s latest production, “Sam & Delilah,” performed at their own venue from May 2nd – May 14th, takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of rural East Texas in 1977, where love, passion, and rebellion collide. With a compelling blend of movement, music, and storytelling, Wonderbound delivers a performance that resonates long after the final curtain falls.

From the moment the live band begins to play, the audience is transported into the world of “Sam & Delilah.” Without a single line of dialogue, the dancers effortlessly convey the story through Garrett Ammons choreography, aided by the evocative music of Clay Rose and his talented band. The scenic design is superb, beautifully capturing the essence of each piece without overshadowing the dancers. Transitions between scenes are seamless, adding to the immersive experience of the performance.

Photography: Martha Wirth

One of the many highlights of the show is the chemistry between the dancers portraying Delilah and Sam. Rachael Dean’s portrayal of Delilah, alongside Nathan Mariano’s engaging performance as Sam, creates a dynamic and nuanced portrayal of love, passion, and rebellion. Their expressive interactions on stage illustrate the vulnerability and relatability of the characters, and generates an intensity and complexity throughout the performance.

The entire ensemble brings a range of emotions to their characters with every gesture. Whether executing playful contemporary movements or intricate ballet choreography, the dancers hold the audience’s attention with their clear intentions and motivations. Effortless partnering and intertwined phrases showcase the dancers’ versatility and skill, and throughout several scenes, the innovative choreography combines elements of swing, ballroom, and line dancing, infusing them with a unique and vibrant energy.

While the dancers captivate with their movements, Clay Rose and his band imbue the performance with vitality through their music. With a mix of serene melodies and raw percussion, the music evokes a kaleidoscope of emotions, enriching the audience’s engagement with the show.

The sound, lighting, and effects are nothing short of impressive, offering surprises and delights throughout the show. From the gripping solo performances to the breathtaking finale, every moment is filled with wonder and awe.

In conclusion, Wonderbound’s “Sam & Delilah” is a triumph of storytelling, dance, and music. With its alluring performances and brilliant choreography, it’s no wonder the show is already sold out. And while tickets may be unavailable for now, be sure to stay up to date on future Wonderbound performances—they’re not to be missed!

Photography: Martha Wirth

For more information and updates on Wonderbound, visit their website at www.wonderbound.com


BY: KATIE JENKINS

A native of Kansas City, Katie Jenkins began her training at Graves Talent Company. She received scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City, as well as the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, and graduated on scholarship with a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. Her professional career began over 20 years ago with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company while still attending college. Over the years, she has personally worked with world renowned choreographers such as Donald McKayle, David Parsons, Milton Myers, Dwight Rhoden, Robert Moses, Kevin Iega Jeff, among others. Katie has been a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, City Dance Ensemble in Washington DC, TILT Contemporary Dance Company in Maui, HI, Malashock Dance Company in San Diego, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and Davis Dance. Currently, Katie is the Artistic Director of DDNG, aka “Next Gen,” the pre-professional training company within the Davis Dance organization, and continues to freelance and teach dance throughout the area.