Dancescapes is a series of dance compositions in various styles, choreographed by the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and performed by their students. The fact that this is a student performance shouldn’t deter people from seeing it; the dancers are talented and show good technical skill.
On a relatively small stage space, the five dancers work in various combinations. The show opened with ‘Exurgency’, which was an impressive piece, exhibiting the dancers’ physicality well – though it was sometimes difficult to see the floor work because of the stage set-up. Following this there was an odd two person piece, which seemed to revolve around a couple falling in and out of love. This was the only piece of the show that had not been choreographed in the preceding year and its inclusion seemed out of place. The fact that it was choreographed by the chair of the school may go some way to explaining its presence.
‘The V Files Medley’ had a very tribal feel to it and featured notable solos from several of the dancers. ‘Prelude, Fugue, Postlude’ incorporated more classical dance moves, while still being decidedly contemporary. The only solo piece of the show was ‘Swan Homage’ which was a short and interesting dance, incorporating various pieces of music from very different genres. The final piece of the show ‘Baeke’s Land’ was an exploration of the impact of plastic on humans. While this was a powerful piece and suited the theme well, the music was incredibly grating and several people were forced to cover their ears from discomfort. This sound design may have contributed to the point being made, but it seemed an odd way to close a show.
This show included several quality contemporary dance pieces and the performers did a good job, however, overall the pieces seemed a little disjointed and the transition from one to the other, awkward.
Kryztoff Rating: 3K
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