Koresh Dance Company at The Tarkington 

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Bolero is Koresh Dance Company's signature work, riveting with its tempo-matching palette of movements as dancers in ever-changing configurations enter and exit. Once experienced, this work is never forgotten. While an audience member can't retain it all, specific moments play back with the incessant beat pulsing through mind and body, and yes, soul.

And that is what happens throughout a Koresh program. Alon Koresh brings a smorgasbord of influences to his choreography, particularly Israeli and near eastern folk dancing upon which Martha Graham's technique is layered. Starting with a story, each piece grows into a mime with dancers depicting events and relationships weaving in and out of each other as a sleight-of-hand metaphor.

You have to concentrate to get the point and follow what's happening, particularly with La via Rose, a poetic remake of the well-known and expected presentation. The children in the audience caught the moments of pathos and complexity along with the humor as the dancers interwove, laced around and whipped through a variety of situations with which they could connect. Everything isn't always beautiful.

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