The Arts

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange – Ferocious Beauty: Genome

by Paula Citron

Ferocious Beauty: Genome by Maryland-based Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is a dancetheatre piece that attempts to not only explain the basic phenomena of genomics, but to raise provocative questions about biotech ethics in general. Against the backdrop of a brilliant series of video projections that includes talking heads and animated graphics, Lerman and her 10-member company have created a witty and moving piece that she classifies as nonfiction dance.

Lerman uses the commentary by on-screen scientists to inspire choreography in surprising ways. For example, there is Miss TATA, a TATA-box being a binding protein that kick-starts genes to do their work. Here she is a leather-garbed dominatrix with a whip. The piece also explores the darker side of physical disability and death in choreography that is clean, clear and economical.

This richly textured dancetheatre graphically demonstrates that an imaginative choreographer can manipulate movement and media to create stunning social and scientific commentary.

This richly textured dancetheatre graphically demonstrates that an imaginative choreographer can manipulate movement and media to create stunning social and scientific commentary.

If ever a dance piece deserves a return visit, it is this one.

From Premiere Dance Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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