As with most dance performances containing a wide variety of dances, some will resonate more with me than others. Here are my personal highlights.
V0 – V26
Choreographed and Performed by Elle Johansen, Lauren Curley, and Hannah Marks
Music by A Cloud for Climbing
The piece begins with three climbing mats upright on the stage. Suddenly, they begin to move and it’s revealed that the dancers have them strapped to their backs. Later on they remove the mats and fall on them repeatedly as if falling while climbing. This is a truly unique idea for a dance that is easy to follow and a great starting piece.
Choreographed and Performed by Terry & Jaclyn Brown (Spouses)
Music by Martin Gauffin and Elvis Presley
The dance begins with the couple toying with each other. They get in each other’s way in a comical fashion. Then, in the second half, their arms interlock and they can’t get loose as “Stuck on You” by Elvis Presley plays. They spin and twist around connected to each other. It’s a very cute piece that shows how this couple plays together through their challenges.
Performed by Efren Corado Garcia
Music by J.S. Bach
Rows of takeout boxes cover the middle of the stage. The dancer navigates his way through them without touching them. In the end, he opens one and finds a rose. It feels like this was his search for love. However, how can he know the value of what he has found if he didn’t open any of the other boxes?
MASC (part 2)
Choreography: Dan Higgins
Performers: Dan Higgins, Kaya Wolsey, Micah Burkhardt
Music by Perera Elsewhere, Entropy Worship, Luke Howard
This is the most artistic piece of the evening. The dancers appear in gold corsets covered in gold body paint from head to toe. It’s two men and one woman in an otherworldly place that feels like Atlantis. Towards the end, one man pulls the woman away and dances just with her, as the other longingly looks on while somber music plays. It’s a very modern piece that is very well executed and stands out as a great work of art.
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