Intimate Encounters Onstage and Off With Canadian Modern Dancers
Sly VerbChristopher House's 2003 production for Toronto Dance Theatreis one uninterrupted hour of movement drawn from a bottomless well of tradition and clever new ideas. It features Scott Eunson's interactive setlike huge tumbleweed made of wire sheathed in icy-clear plasticand Steve Lucas's lighting, which is often stunning in artistry and boldness. House's 13 dancers have prodigious flexibility and presence. The piece is so massive that it sometimes spills over the stage into aisles and seats. (For one dancer to show her moves at closer range, she'd need to hop the nearest lap.) Much has been made of the occasional full and partial nudity, but the intimacy with which these dancers, clothed or unclothed, touch themselves and each otherwith pleasure, playfulness, cruelty, or scientific detachmentis more to the point. Dance is the art of the body, and House gives us as rich an experience of his dancers' bodies as we have a right to
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