Acrobatic dance popped up everywhere this season, in major productions by Momix, Pilobolus, and Montreals delicious Cirque Éloize as well as Jody Sperlings more modest show downtown. The eight-member Artichoke Dance Company, led by Lynn Neuman, also presents gymnastic feats in the context of accessible theatrical entertainment with charming costuming, lights, and sound design (the typical New Ageto-tribal range). The premiered sextet, Look At Me (when I talk to you), a dramatic compendium of human interactions, has standout performances by Neuman, Cary McWilliam, and Melissa Riker. What sets Artichoke apart is its ability to convey character, emotions, and relationships throughnot merely despiteall the skillful circus tricks. When couples tumble and whirl, you see and feel the ebullience and exhilaration of love in the air. Even a frisky quartet of upturned legs and feettwo women lying on their backs, faces
hiddencan convincingly emote and gesture.