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Allemande

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

Allemande
MOVE: the company
DanceWorks CoWorks
Choreography by Josh Beamish, Simone Orlando, Lara Barclay and Matjash Mrozewski
Performed by Lara Barclay, Josh Beamish, Reid Colton, Heather Dotto, Cai Glover, Matthew Waldie and Crystal Wills
Winchester Street Theatre
Apr. 17 to 19, 2011

Josh Beamish is one of the most enterprising of the young Vancouver choreographers. First, he hustles to get his MOVE: the company past the Rockies to have a national profile. Secondly, he’s always trying new things. I managed to catch his last performance here in town.

When I first saw MOVE, the company was definitely into hip-hop/ballet fusion. This new show is contemporary ballet, and presents the choreography of former ballet dancers Simone Orlando and Matjash Mrozewski. The other works are by Beamish and Lara Barclay.

Beamish’s Allemande is a crisply angled piece about courtship which mirrors the complexity of Bach’s solo cello. Orlando’s honey of a piece, Studies of Cash, is performed to the behind bars hurtin’ music of Johnny Cash. Mrozewski’s Secret Self to Beethoven is gorgeous, elongated, languorous movement for two couples about secret desire. Barclay’s excerpt duet from Caught shows a couple in a push-me/pull-me relationship.

It was certainly an attractive program, with the choreography showing off the seven dancers very well.

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