SHOW: Celebrating Dance
GROUP: Dancefusion & 360 Dance Company
ATTENDED: Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Mandell Theater
CLOSES: Sept. 7
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Dancefusion, celebrating 25 years, and 360 Dance Company from New York City will co-present two dynamic programs combining historic modern dances with new contemporary work.”
WE THINK: This show is exactly as advertised: Two companies, DanceFusion and NYC’s 360 Dance, presented historic works from the modern dance canon, as well as new choreography from each ensemble. There were two different programs, with only one piece repeated in both, so if you wanted to see the whole of this production, you had to attend on both Friday and Saturday.
I only saw the Saturday program, which pulled from the historical catalogs of Pauline Koner, Jane Dudley and Eve Gentry. The Koner piece, Concertino, from 1955, felt time-capsulish. Its highly studied ultra-feminine mannerisms are out of vogue, but the work still holds a historically significant place in dance history. Meanwhile, Dudley’s, Time is Money, (1932), a gymnastic floor-based solo by 360’s artistic director Martin Lofsnes, performed to a polemical poem about the plight of industrial workers and the ruthlessness of the rulers of finance, remains relevant today.
Newer works by the two companies, each featuring their full ensembles, dealt with the chaos of human connection, or lack thereof. All in all a somber showcase, featuring what is pretty much an anomaly in Fringe — real dancy dance.
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