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ZviDance: One Big Happy Dancing Family


ZviDance’s 10 members are onstage together so much that they register as a big family, content to perform Zvi Gotheiner’s fluid movement. In the company’s well-paced premiere, Easy For You to Say (to Shostakovich), pulsing energy is released through limbs pulled from the torso in opposing tension. Dancers sing and talk only to be quieted by others; a ballet phrase appears, adding textural interest. A male duet features intricate entwining arms hooked behind heads, tugging and pushing. In Lapse (2002, to Scott Killian’s score), jogging is the tiresomely recurrent motif; the dancers jog in a pack and break off singly or in pairs, swooping through bold diving turns. Four men prance like boxers and form a square, surrounding a woman (secure or trapped?). By the show’s end, I felt as if I’d watched someone else’s family reunion—happy for them, but wistful to experience things firsthand.