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ROGUE REVIEW: Kinetic Interludes

Rogue Festival Poster 2014 by Tiffany Hurtado

I cannot recommend JuxtaPosition Dance Theatre’s “Kinetic Interludes.”

The Saturday afternoon show was disappointing. There were several technical issues, and the dancers, who come to the Rogue from Redondo Beach, just seemed off. In most of the dances, they lacked unison and, at many times, seemed to be looking to each other to remember the steps. And the show’s structure, which covers themes that deal with “female strength” through a series of dance numbers, has no flow. In fact, the audience is left sitting in semi-darkness in silence while the dancers change clothes off stage. These long awkward pauses just added to an already uncomfortable atmosphere.

There are some interesting ideas in this show, which tries to capture some of the moments that shape women’s lives, such as the bond of sisterhood and motherhood. The best piece was of two dancers portraying sisters that showed the love, connection, disappointment and change that comes with growing up. The two dancers had a connection. It was really the only moment that seemed to truly engage the audience. The rest of the show didn’t have as much impact and lacked polish.

Also, the show is listed as running 60 minutes, but it clocked in at 35 minutes. With the number of pauses in the show, the actual performance was much shorter.

Details: 9:30 p.m March 2, 9:30 p.m.  March 5, 6:30 p.m. March 7, Dianna’s, 826. North Fulton Ave. $10.

Responses to "ROGUE REVIEW: Kinetic Interludes"

Carole Kelley says:

Thank you for seeing the show. Technical issues have been fixed and improved. Dancer issues have also been taken care of.

Stephen says:

I went tonight. The tech issues haven’t just been fixed, they were actually quite beautiful – I’m speaking only of the sound and lights. The lights moved subtly and smoothly with the music, the color choices were quite lyrical and gorgeous. The lights didn’t jump at your during the dubstep number, but pulsed just enough to enhance the show.

As for the dancing?

Well, I thought the lights were really well done.

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