Hard to believe, but it’s been 20 years since the media maelstrom surrounding the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. The Brooklyn-based Jamal Jackson Dance Company, whose mission is as much educational as aesthetic, revisits the case, taking on that “five-ring circus encompassing issues of race, gender, celebrity, media, and justice,” involving the audience at The People vs. in discussions on diversity and influence. Jackson, a politically alert choreographer who has developed a West African-based movement style incorporating hip-hop, modern dance, and “bounce,” leads a troupe of fast, fluent, thoughtful performers in the 90-minute world premiere, which wonders whether justice was served.
April 23-26, 8 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 22, 2015