by Paula Citron
On Friday night I was at The Opera House – not the Four Seasons Centre but the rock palace on Queen St. East. Thamovement was presenting the Choreographer’s Ball, and the audience demographic was young, multicultural, enthusiastic and loud.
Over the years, the Choreographer’s Ball has become synonymous with the au current of urban and jazz dance. Friday’s show was tipped in favour of hip hop, but there was also modern/hip hop fusion, African fusion, bellydance and even aerial dance.
Absolutely outstanding was Uncut Productions, a ten-member, multi-cultural hip hop group from Montreal. Their synch work and virtuoso moves were thrilling. Toronto’s Nu Limit caught my eye with Beyoncé – a faithful recreation of one of the superstar singer’s music videos, even down to the costumes. Tazz, made up of Toronto’s best urban dance teachers, was also impressive.
Despite the fact that if you added the audience age together, it would equal mine, I was an oldie experiencing a goldie.
From The Opera House, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.