Beauitful Distortion


Indigo Rose. Photo: Paula Lobo
Indigo Rose. Photo: Paula Lobo

The future of dance is here!

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s unique use of space and lighting and, of course, its collaborations with international choreographers has quickly made the company a hot commodity in the dance industry. Having guest spots on shows like So You Think You Can Dance and features in Dance and Dance Spirit magazine doesn’t hurt either.

Cedar Lake blew me away at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas Saturday night with its visually illuminating and grotesquely beautiful program, including Jirï Kylian’s Indigo Rose, Crystal Pite’s Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue and Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid.

Indigo Rose showcased the company’s stamina and innate sense of rhythm. Movement layered within movement had the dancers appearing spastic at times, but always in control. The multiple spotlights gave the scene an intimate feel and the moving scenery (a billowing white sheet streaking across the stage) gave the piece life and depth.

Crystal Pite’s Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue was an emotional piece featuring Dallas’ very own Ida Saki. Her exotic features, unending extensions and body strength make her a welcomed addition to the Cedar Lake family. In this piece five dancers performed various duets within a small circle of portable spotlights. The music was somber which only enhanced the dancers’ dragging feet and sagging bodies.

Violet Kid. Photo by Juileta Cervantes
Violet Kid. Photo: Juileta Cervantes

The company closed the show with Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid. This is the future of dance. It was loud, abrasive and spastic and I loved every minute. The piece took viewers to another plane where music, vocals and movement played for and against one another. The movement was very Gollum-like; hunched over and low to the ground. (Yes, I just made a Lord of the Rings Reference.) The dancers went from moments of stillness; standing in a straight line in passe arms rounded in first position to a series of seizures.

If you are an aspiring dancer you have to see Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. For the first time in a long time I am not worried about the future of dance. BRAVO!!!!!!

Also, check out my interview with Cedar Lake’s Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer.



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