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Untitled

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

Untitled
Edouard Lock/La La La Human Steps
Choreographed by Edouard Lock
Performed by La La La Human Steps
Bluma Appel Theatre
May 26 to Jun. 1, 2011

When the dance company La La La Human Steps had just finished its performance, an audience member said to me: “I’ve never seen bodies move like that in my life.” And she’s right.

The 11-member international company of dancers, put together by Edouard Lock, executed the Montreal choreographer’s complicated fusion of gestural language and intricate footwork with such speed, that at times, the movement was a blur.

Lock’s Untitled is a ballet en pointe that deconstructs two baroque operas – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Composer Gavin Bryars has done a brilliant job of deconstructing the music for a quartet of live musicians.

There is a problem with Lock’s dazzling movement, however. I know I am in a minority when I say this, but I find it repetitive and themeless. Stunning, certainly, but full of sound and fury that does not really depict storytelling or character over all.

Untitled continues at the Bluma Appel Theatre until Jun. 1.

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