Reviewed by Paula Citron
September 16, 2011
An Evening of Chamber Dance
Toronto Heritage Dance
Choreography by Patricia Beatty, David Earle, Peter Randazzo, Danny Grossman, Lawrence Gradus and Terrill Maguire
Performed by Danielle Baskerville, Michael Sean Marye, Anh Nguyen, Suzette Sherman, Georgia Simms, Julia Garlisi, Eddie Kastrau, Meredith Thompson, and Maguire
Winchester Street Theatre
Sept. 15 to 18, 2011
Toronto Heritage Dance is hosting a concert of new and old choreography by Patricia Beatty, David Earle, Peter Randazzo, Danny Grossman, Lawrence Gradus and Terrill Maguire.
These modern dance pioneers have seen post-modern dance throw technique to the winds, complicate choreography with text and multimedia, and generally convert dance into a contemporary “anything goes” art form. An Evening of Chamber Dance is not, however, an exercise in nostalgia.
As Beatty carefully explains in her program notes, the raison d’être behind the concert is to ascertain whether modern dance still has relevance.
It is an art form anchored in technique. It is dance expressed through economy of movement. The risk-taking comes from the dancer’s body being exposed in space. At its heart, modern dance is always about the human condition. The dancer is the dance.
In short, the program has relevance. Well-crafted dance that is beautifully performed glorifies the art.
Toronto Heritage Dance continues at the Winchester Street Theatre until Sunday.