(photo by Julian Roder)The Current destiny of our Community
by Chad Dembski
There is a lightness in the piece, a comedic tone that is constantly revisited and is both a fun focal point but also tires easily too. With classical music being the backbone of the entire piece and the first time the company has explored using only historical music, the music seems to dominate the piece in many ways, both commanding the performers to react to its many shifts and moods but also leaving a void in its absence. There is an attempt in this work that is very addictive, failures that endeared me to the work and made me discover a unique quality with each performer. It is in fact this uniqueness that I wanted more, to continue to see the community of the company come together and fall apart in more ways. There are moments of rest, but they seem so planned that the natural doesn’t seem to have place to grow.
There are many aspects to this piece such as revisiting historic dance pieces, dealing with a giant wooden dinosaur, costume changes, exhaustion, subtle attempts at unison that are fun and interesting but don’t always seem to add up to a whole. At two hours in length I found myself exhausted at the amount of ideas included and lack of editing in the creation. After the half-way point I wasn’t sure what exactly the point was, an overwhelmed feeling that was compounded by knowing there was an hour left.