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Dance Wrap – Daksha Sheth Dance Company and Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

Two outstanding international dance shows recently played Toronto. Daksha Sheth is one of India’s most original choreographer, while Lizt Alfonso’s flamenco-AfroCuban-ballet fusion has more precision than a military drill team.

Sheth is a revelation. The former kathak dancer brought her mostly male company, that includes her music director/designer husband, musician son, and dancer daughter, to the Fleck Dance Theatre to perform Sarpagati (The Way of the Serpent), a work inspired by snake worship as seen through the chakras.

Her movement is absolutely original – a stunning blend of martial arts, yoga and aerial with rhythmic overtones of classical Indian dance. There is a never-ending cascade of beautiful images.

On expects fire and excitement to come from Alfonso’s all-female company, and no one was disappointed. Her live musicians work without scores, and Alfonso has choreographed so that one dance leads into another to produce a polished, seamless show.

The one cavil is that no matter how many ways she configures her gorgeous dancers, there is a sameness that pervades her movement over time.

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Daksha Sheth Dance Company/Sarpagati
Kalanidhi Spring Festival of Indian Dance
Fleck Dance Theatre
Mar. 12 and 13, 2010
Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
Markham Theatre
Mar. 16, 2010

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