Sunday, June 06, 2004

Bodies of Work (Anateus Dance)

Anateus Dance, Beth Salemi shines, but....

Last spring, when reviewing Antaeus Dance Company, I commented, in regard to Joan Meggitt’s choreography that, ‘A shortened piece would have made the evening much more satisfying.” Unfortunately, I must again repeat those sentiments regarding both “The Wanting Seed” and “The Usual Suspects,” which were presented recently as part of the company’s ‘BODIES OF WORK.’

“The Wanting Seed” is billed as a “deeply spiritual piece that examines individual sacrifice and how it affects all of us.” In spite of a creative interpretation of the Arvo Part’s music the performance outlasted its effect.

“The Usual Suspects,” is a piece inspired by silent films of the 1920s and 30s. Meggitt uses Mozart’s classical music as the basis for a contemporary piece which she claims contains “inherent physicality and humor”. After making her point in the first scene, Meggitt keeps adding more and more, with less and less effect.

In both of Meggitt’s choreographed pieces the individual dancers were excellent, especially Beth Salemi. However, the corps segments displayed some unmirrored segments, when the dancers’ timing was not parallel.

The highlight of the evening was “Bounder,” choreographed and danced by Beth Salemi. Wearing a modified hoop skirt, which she used expertly, Salemi displayed both a sense of humor and dancing skill. This was an audience pleasing and clever creation.

CAPSULE JUDGEMENT: Joan Meggitt is a talented choreographer who might consider reexamining her philosophy and ask whether after accomplishing her message she needs to restate and restate the idea.