Often, during the Sydney Dance Company’s “2 One Another” at Mandeville Auditorium on Saturday, I wished I could be seeing the piece in rehearsal. I wanted to focus on the movement, free from the sometimes bombastic music and over-bright, hyperactive lighting. Sensory overload may be just what artistic director/choreographer Rafael Bonachela had in mind.
Lights brightened in the icy white cloud above the stage and white globs fluttered down like snow. Only then could we realize the entire cloud was made of plastic trash bags. The bags covered the stage and became a strong visual and sonic element. The dancers became orgasmic cheerleaders with trash bag pom-poms, and they did bag tricks…
It’s just a few exits south of downtown under the majestic San Diego/Coronado Bay Bridge, but for many in San Diego, Chicano Park in the community of Barrio Logan may seem like a world away. That makes it the perfect spot for this year’s Trolley Dances, which begins at the Barrio Logan Trolley Station and runs for two weekends, Sept. 28 and 29, Oct. 5 and 6.
Compagnie Nacera Baleza isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; some people left at the break complaining of boredom. But, seen as ritual rather than performance, the French company’s work possessed stunning depth and beauty.
Unlike the warm and fuzzy Wizard of Oz that broke all attendance records at Moonlight this summer, the rock opera Tommy about a “deaf, dumb, and blind” pinball wizard is an adult show and smacks of grim realities.
Lux Boreal’s collaboration with a dance company from Tipperary produces off-kilter wobbles and a human om, to music that could be the soundtrack for one of the moodier Western films.