The Dance COLEctive Brief Run (Theater) Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Jan. 28-30 2010

In this program titled "Meet Me There," Dance COLEctive artistic director Margi Cole shows a knack for bringing out relationships among her dancers no matter what the subject--and even when the subject isn't readily apparent. It's not obvious, for instance, that Cole's new piece for eight, Taking Hold, is about collectors and collecting, but that doesn't detract from its emotional force. At a rehearsal, Cole called collecting "a journey," comparing it to the travels of the cannibalistic Donner Party, and the piece does convey a sense of adventure as the dancers swerve in and out of abrupt embraces or glare face-to-face. Another world premiere, IMe, which Cole choreographed with Jeff Hancock, investigates identity in the digital age. One of the ten dancers sits downstage, staring into a mirror that evokes not only a computer screen but the networking sites on which people create a sense of self and community. Texts play off "I," "me," and "you," constantly shifting the terms on which identity is based, and relationships come across as less authentic than they are in Taking Hold: dancers pursue others only as reflections of themselves. A reconstruction of Shirley Mordine's 1974 Three Women, depicting stages of life, completes the program. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $18-$22

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