Motus Dance Theatre, White Rabbit,
Motus choreographers plumb intellectual
and emotional themes for dancers to express through relationships
with each other within the intimate White Rabbit space. The dance
style, generally architectural and punchy, is sometimes softened to a
sense of flowing evolvement, as in Stefanie Squint’s fragile
“Flutter of Anticipation” set to Pink Martini’s
pulsating layerings of violin, vocals, percussion and brass.
Emergence, life, closure without
complaint. It’s a work enjoyed from a previous concert, as was
Sara-Yanney-Chantansombut’s “Formerly Rose” solo
danced by Michelle Buchanan with greater attention to the subtleties
of music by Kate Lamont and Devon Ashley.
Buchanan, as choreographer, carries her
closer listening to Lamont into her reworked “Formerly Syrah”
giving the five dancers a greater sense of urgency and tension,
turning seeming defeat into personal triumph.
The third Lamont-based piece, “Formerly
Pink Moscato” was a restaging of Lauren Beirne’s work for
6-dancers dressed for a party, shedding purses and shoes to shake it
and strut off. Katelin Ryan restaged “This is (not) Me”
to music by Adam Crawley with cleaner relationships between three
pairs as alter egos of self, with a whimsical, flirtatious ending.
Buchanan choreographed and danced in “What Lies (Ahead),”
a new self-searching duet (with Jenny Thomas), set to violin and
accordion music by Miss Murgatroid and Petra Haden.
Full enjoyment of the program was
impeded by the much too loud sound. Lamont’s trademark floating
sense of melody above a solid rhythmical foundation especially
deserves a quieter playback. The fusion group ESW, playing between
dances was a welcoming calm between the audio blasts. See: