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Troika Ranch Brief Run (Theater) Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: March 4-6 2010

It's easier for me to describe Troika Ranch's Loopdiver, the second entry in the Dance Center’s Science, Technology, and Dance series, than to assess it: I've seen only parts of the piece in different phases of development. Its creation was complex. Company founder-choreographer Dawn Stoppiello devised six minutes of movement, which founder-digital artist Mark Coniglio then recorded and cut into short loops, producing a hiccupy, 40-minute video. The six dancers learned their repetitive "choreography" from the video--and in performance, Coniglio says, they struggle with the "essentially impossible" task of matching their cues. The three animated sculptures that make up Colin Killian's set burst open at the beginning of Loopdiver in what the company's Web site calls a "moment of violence," while video projections include vaguely human figures like those in Troika Ranch's Liquid Mirror (part of the Digital Incarnate gallery show). Stoppiello’s original movement had to be pedestrian, since it would've been impossible for dancers in the live, loop-based version to stop midleap, for example. But the motions gain a new dimension in performance, their repetitions trapping dancers and viewers alike in some neurotic hell. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $24-$28

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