Review: DK's "World Music Carnaval"

January 14, 2010
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

For its Jan. 7-10 program at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope revisited 2000's "Food of Love" and 1999's "Play Mas'."

The first, originally performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during a residency there, took inspiration from "Twelfth Night" and, it seemed, from children's games. Robes and ritual movement at the top of the show suggested a religious rite that soon gave way to games, partnerships, and even some friendly competition.

Fueled by world music, the pieces had energy more than content as connective tissue. In one movement, soloists followed their performances by picking their successors in the circle. In another, male dancers each showed their stuff and then high-fived to transition to the next, as if they were part of a cheerleading squad's half-time show. An effective if not particularly memorable curtain-raiser, "Food for Love" did make me wish I had seen DK in its Oregon Shakespeare Festival context...and hope that such outdoor "green shows" find a way into other events here. Perhaps the in-the-works Regional Performing Arts Center will include such appetizers during its first and future summer seasons. Here's hoping.

After intermission, the company returned for "Play Mas'." Much has been made about third-season DKer Brittany Edwards and how the piece had been retailored (and the lead given a sex change) to accommodate her talents. As in other DK appearances, she showed herself to be a dancer whose skills match her striking, star-quality appearance and choreographer David Hochoy worked her into the show in a variety of creative contexts.

The Carnaval atmosphere of the entire piece, though, felt less authentic than touristy. The rest of the company seemed like in-for-the-weekend vacationers instead of celebratory locals. (Then again, if you put this appealing crew in a beach house, that would be a "Jersey Shore" I would watch.) Elsewhere, a would-be fun -- and slightly erotic -- devil sequence was marred by flimsy pitchforks. George Salinas again proved a fun, comic dancer in a "gin and coconut water" drunk bit. And it all ended in an audience-participation parade that, at the Thursday performance, was fairly joyous and not nearly as awkward as such things can be.

Your thoughts? 

 

ADVERTISEMENT
  • Parade?! and thanks
    An audience participation parade at a dance performance? That sounds intriguing!

    Thanks for writing about this show, Lou, and for writing about the New Year's Day New Beginnings Cabaret in your weekly review column. I was sad to have missed both of them; I am glad I could at least read a little about them.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. Hello Dear Are you tired of Seeking Loans and Mortgages,have you Been Turned down constantly By your banks and Other Financial Institutions or Micro Finance scheme. This is let you know with 100% guarantee that we Offer loans ranging from $1,000 Minimum to $1,000,000.00 Maximum at 3% interest rate per Month. We give out LOANS for developing business. a competitive edge/business expansion. email address: michealscottloan124@gmail.com We offer the following kinds of loans and many more; * Personal Loans ( Unsecured Loan) * Business Loans ( Unsecured Loan) * Consolidation Loan * Combination Loan * Home Improvement * Xmas Loans for contact to seek for loan email this email address: michealscottloan124@gmail.com Thanks

  2. My name is Mr Henry Josh and i live in the USA California and life is worth living right now for me and my family and all this is because of one man sent by GOD to help me and my family, i once had a life filled with sorrow because my first SON needed a kidney transplant and all our savings were going towards his medications and this normally leaves us with no money to pay our bills or even put enough food on our table and our rent was due and no funds to pay these bills and life felt so unfair to me and every night my wife will cry herself to sleep every night until one day, i was browsing through yahoo answers and i saw a striking advert of a man that gives out personal loans and that the offer is opened to all and i have heard so many things about internet scams but at this point of my life, i was very desperate and ready to take any risk and at the end of the day, i applied for this loan and from one step to another, i got my loan within 12 hours through bank transfer and you know, it was all like a dream and i called Mr Daniel Jones A Man who is the GOD sent lender i found and said, i have received my loan and he smiled stating that to GOD be the glory and i was so shocked as i have never ever seen anyone with such a GOD fearing and kind heart and today, i am the happiest man on earth because by GOD’S grace, my SON kidney transplant was successful and today he is healthy, i and my family are living very comfortable and happy and if you are in my former situation or in serious and legitimate need of a loan, you can reach this GOD sent lender via fidelityloanfirm@outlook.com

  3. Greetings to everyone reading this comment!!! I am Greg William by name. I am out here to recommend the effort of Mark Oscar,I was in need of a consolidation loan amount of 50,000 and as soon as I got in contact with Mark Oscar Loan Firm on Wednesday last week and on Friday last week as well I receive an alert from my bank(Royal Bank of Scotland Group) that the fund was transferred,I want everybody on this site to contact Mark Oscar now via email on how to get a loan because I got my loan from them and I am very happy,so contact them now. Oscarloanfinance@hotmail.com Thanks!!!!!!

  4. Elected officials, like Mourdock, get vested in 8 years. It takes 10 years for all other public employees, most of whom make a lot less money. So much for the promise to finish out his term.

  5. Great state treasurer and a good man!! Just curious if the folks who didn't quite understand his quote would like to tell my daughter-in-law that God didn't intend her! Mourdock's comment was correct but twisted and the article didn't mention that his opponent and the press let the impression stand that Mourdock meant that the rape was intended. Stupid people!!

ADVERTISEMENT