Artists From Amsterdam Muscle Old Ideas Into Intimate Space
In Between Spaces opened with a serene imageAmsterdam's Cherif Zaouali and Vincent Verburg (choreographer), kneeling under spotlights, eyes firmly shut. Luscious colors saturated the backdrop and several video monitors. A soundscape offered only gentlenessa chiming bell, electronic blips. Each man raised a hand to his chest or drew it to his side. Then, still sightless, they sliced open and began to dump out a big bag of interactionssculpted, primal, remarkably improvisedeven spilling into the aisle between the club's clusters of tables. (Perched on a folding chair within an inch of muscular men lunging, tussling, repeatedly slamming against the floor, a viewer feelsand fearsthe energy.) One segment featured loud music and an explosion of clips ripped from Dutch television, hammering home Verburg's less-than-fresh ideas about technology pulverizing human life. The men's dancing was solid throughout about 40 minutes of visceral distress, and well worth the upset.
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