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Pictures at an Exhibition 

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Dance Kaleidoscope, IRT, May 20-23

David Hochoy's intimately centered choreography for his evolving "Writing on the Great Wall" and the premiere of "Pictures at an Exhibition" are contenders for DK signature works. The challenge to integrate multiple stories within any given moment was met by the company of fifteen and abetted by imaginative lighting and costuming. With "Writing on the Wall" DK invites us to experience the elevating technique of calligraphy as a multi-dimensional communication form. Built upon music by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, sounds of traditional instruments heightens the flowing manipulations of black silk streamers as representative ink-soaked brushes bringing to life the effusions of poets whose impressions bloom into imagery. We feel the power of a 4000-year old form made fresh with renewed discoveries. Equally in the moment of uncovering delights birthing from heard sound and imagined sights, "Pictures at an Exhibition" thrusts us into multiple viewers' mind, heart and gut reactions to the "inventive and powerful orchestrations" by Ravel of the original music by Mussorgsky. Fifteen distinctive framings successively erupt into high-powered being from a beautifully modeled opening ballet of viewers in a gallery. We leave inspired to transform ourselves from merely appreciating dance to becoming part of the progress from a choreographer's infusion to dancers' propulsion.

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