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Elements Contemporary Ballet New Review (Theater and Comedy) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through April 17 2010

Inventive new ballet choreography is hard to come by, but Mike Gosney's contributions to his company's spring concert, In This Place, are smart, clean, expressive, and well-performed. Despite its title, Gosney's 30-minute world premiere, Curiosity, is far from cute: darkly lit by Josh Weckesser and set to various string and piano compositions that come across as a single, poignant work, the piece creates powerful emotional effects, in part through fearless repetition. Gosney's work-in-progress--Great and Small, performed largely by apprentices--packs feeling into simple moves. By comparison, James Gregg's company premiere, Fallen, feels snarky. Decadent and campy for the most part (calling to mind Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort), it tries and fails to shift emotional gears at the end. Joseph Caruana's 2008 duet, Angel, battles its shapeless improvised music. --Laura Molzahn

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