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As the audience files into the space, they are witness to a room covered in thick, translucent plastic, an apron, and a half-finished bottle of Ketel One vodka; a scene reminiscent of the murderous Showtime series, Dexter and one that creates a vignette of items whose relation to one another is bound to be an intricate one. In dance theatre, setting the scene is of top priority, a feat accomplished by Amirov with sleek and simplistic grace. The first act, The Coopbegins to unfold with six female-bodied humans appearing in couples online dating for sugar mummies on their own, their uniquely-patterned shirts and uniform pants calling to their countries of origin and to their presumed newfound independence.
The dance that springs from these bodies is thrust into the air with the same fury as the air-raid siren and red flashing lights that cue it to begin.
After a synchronous European club-scene rocks its way across the stage, a torrent of tomatoes, hurled by the dancers at the plastic-covered wall, leaves a scene of carnage along with the sweet smell of garden vegetables that lingers in the air like the ring in ones ears after the alarm of a passing potential threat. The Order of Pearlsanother notable slice of time, blooms from all corners of the stage, each dancer clad in beautifully-tailored burlap, backless tops and richly-colored, weighted bustles of fabric.
This is a work that proves how satisfying motion can be when the costume and the dancer inform the movement of one another. The company is well-invested in the story they weave and their commitment to their Artistic Director is evident. As contemporary ballet has solidified into a genre, contemporary hip-hop swiftly follows.
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