(Photo: Svetla Atanasova)The Pleasure of Being Together
by Chad Dembski, Editor, Dance
A gorgeous ambient tone fills the space, providing comfort and anticipation of what is to come. While we had all wandered into a place of unknown performers, choreographer Katie Ward and lighting designer Paul Chambers played perfect hosts. A gentle and humorous introduction of the piece happens as the performers slowly transformed from warm up type movements into the first section of the piece. An experiment in togetherness? A cosmic call and response dance piece that probably changes each and every performance? An exploration of being in the moment and listening to everything happening in a room? I can’t say for sure but I was completely engaged and enthralled by the unpretentious, open and hilarious nature of Infinity Doughnut. Katie Ward has been making new creations since 2004 and her maturity and curiosity shine through on this complex and challenging piece. It is highly risky to ask an audience to go on a journey like this, to get over their personal expectations of contemporary dance and simply attempt to think, feel and possibly enjoy.