“Breaking through the Breakdown” is a dance show that tells the story of breaking down the barriers that hold us back in life. The show is staged, acted and danced well. But I have to say that I was a bit disappointed.
I’m not sure if it was the photo in the Rogue Map, or the impromptu show that I passed by the group of dancers in front of the Tower Theatre Saturday afternoon, but I was expecting a break dance show. To me, that means a show filled with mostly break dancing. This show was not. I would describe it more as a contemporary dance show that happens to feature a bit of break dancing.
Vincent Gonzales, who wrote, directed and stars in the show, has wonderful talent. The pain and confusion of his character was palatable throughout the show. When he danced, it was fantastic fun. Unfortunately, it seemed he spent more time crouched, writhing on the edges of the dance floor than he did actually dancing. The moment he “breaks through” and embraces dance was fabulous, energetic and engaging. There just wasn’t enough of it to satisfy me.
The six women who dance in the show were lovely and put on a solid performance. They held their end of the story, portraying the demons that haunt with ease. And the narrator, Isaac “Ice Man” Romero, gave a strong rap performance that provided a narrative arc.
The 40-minute show is good. The story is compelling, and I did enjoy many moments of the performance. It just wasn’t what I was expecting, and because of that I walked away with some misgivings.
SHOW INFO: 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4, and 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Diana’s, 826 N. Fulton St. Tickets: $5. Rating: PG-13.