CDI/Concert Dance, Inc. Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Jan. 25 2009

We live in a maelstrom of communicative innovations, and pundits on the subject usually just add turbulence. But in Digital Fidgeting, CDI artistic director Venetia Stifler looks at the effects of the new technology in a theatrical setting that remains “sacred” and undigitized. Stifler and her company pooled their ideas about high-tech communication and concluded that our compulsive love-hate relationship with it produces more anxiety than connection. Most of the 30-minute piece focuses on what’s happening now, with dancers embodying electronic waves, cell phone use, and—in the funniest section—texting. But Mark Bandy’s score expands the universe of communication by reaching back, incorporating the sounds of drums, pencil on paper, typewriter, and fax. And the choreography sometimes evokes ancient forms like hieroglyphic and cuneiform writing. The moving final section—whose pared, slow motions bring the techno-hysteria to a screeching halt—suggests the introspection that’s been lost in a culture driven by speed and volume. Meeting Along the Edge and When All Is Said and Done, also collaborations between Stifler and the dancers, round out the program.

Laura Molzahn

Price: $20 in advance, $20 at the door, $40 for opening night gala

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