Indiana-native Twyla Tharp chose 24 Billy Joel songs to build a mesmerizing coming-of-age dance story about five high school friends during the 1960s and 1970s. As a powerful diorama of Viet Nam changing them and us and what it takes to reconcile disconnections caused by the war are the stuff of drama, pathos and hope. The vehicle itself, which some critics claim is a disconnect between songs and story, proves itself a powerful metaphor for our society because of the disconnect. A company of amazingly talented young dancers transcended the decades to deliver a heart-stopping, seamless, honest performance on opening night with two Indiana-based dancers taking leading roles. Anton LaMon and Chris Lingner, both critically acclaimed for their equally strong character and technical dancing, were last seen together in the 2007 Indianapolis School of Ballet Nutcracker
when Lingner was a University High School student and LaMon was at the IU Jacobs School of Music pursuing a degree in ballet performance. Feb. 13 LaMon portrayed a charismatic Tony and Lingner imbued the role of James with endearing romantic lyricism. Equally outstanding was Lawrence Neuhauser as Eddie. Among other feats, his demi-pointe pirouettes are awesome. Witnessing Movin' Out
for the third time underscores its dynamic choreography and proves we have dancers equal to Tharp's brilliance.