Opening with the exuberant, physical "The Particle Zoo," we witness three men, comfortable with each other, who
don't readily make room to include a fourth who desperately wants "in." It's a
witty exploration of personal needs, trust in others and rejection. When it
looks like the floor of the stage is juggling bodies you know you've been
transported into a different level of dance performance.
"The Transformation" totally changes
pace as a quiet silhouette work during which a young woman undergoes a series
of changes until she isn't what she was.
The third piece, "Kokoroko," was explained during the after-show Q&A with the
company as a Japanese word meaning something 'rolling constantly.' The Pilobolus website states, "We are creating a world of
surreal physicality that is interested in the making and unmaking of heroes."
Act two opened with "Duet," brought
back after a decade of absence to celebrate Pilobolus'
40th anniversary. Two women, whose tender caring for each other
suddenly erupts into a power struggle, have to find their way back to a
nurturing love. Relational at its core, is it equally a metaphor with what we
face in daily struggles for unity with self?
The program closed with "Rushes,"
which thrusts us into a community of misfits whose fractured dreams are
manifested into repetitive anxiety. Humor and pathos line up and encircle like
a clutter of white chairs.
Delivering exceptional performances
were Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Winston Dynamite Brown, Mat Del Rosario, Eriko Jimbo, Jordan Kriston, Jun Kuribayashi and Nile H. Russell.
Pilobolus last was seen at Clowes with a
different company of dancers.