by Paula Citron
The latest DanceWorks double bill is cutting edge. Both Rubberbandance Group and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre have artistic directors who are developing new choreographic languages.
Victor Quijada of Montreal’s Rubberbandance cleverly uses urban dance forms like hip hop as the major ingredient in a post modern/ballet stew pot. Eye-catching is almost too lame a word to describe Quijada’s output.
Santee Smith of Kaha:wi is a Mohawk by birth, and her dance works are firmly anchored in Aboriginal sensibility. That being said, her exciting, flat-out, highly charged, traditional/contemporary/ballet fusion eats up the stage.
Quijada’s “Elastic Perspective” is both an audacious setting of hip hop to mostly classical music, and a droll look at relationships. Smith’s “A Constellation of Bones” is a poetic paean to the mythologies of creation, in which humankind is both at harmony and in conflict with the earth and the sky.
Both works make for a compelling concert.
Rubberbandance Group and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre continues until Saturday.
From the Enwave Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.