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Dance Troupe gives eclectic, high-energy performance

MIT Dance Troupe

In the Limelight.

Friday May 10, 1996 (additional performances on Saturday).

By Kimberly Ann Knowles

The MIT Dance Troupe took the stage once again to display student talent in dance and choreography. The 18 dances expressed a diverse range of styles and genres, and all of them sparkled with energy, integrity, and personality. Music varied from contemporary funk and alternative, to jazz, and to Broadway. The styles exhibited covered ballet, tap, jazz, and aerobic dance.

The show opened with a modern dance titled "Trod Down," with music by Nine Inch Nails and choreography by Mary L. Krasovec G. This was a surreal interpretive dance with mechanical movements combined with rhythm, resulting in a strong statement of presence that permeated the entire show.

The first ballet of the show, "Morning," was danced to Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. Choreographed by Katie J. Adams '98, the dance was movingly joyful, and the costumes in spring colors contributed to a pretty spectacle of hopefulness and happiness.

There was no shortage of feminist attitude, as it was expressed in several dances to contemporary pop tunes. One of these was "Dismissed," choreographed by Janice C. Chen '97, Kaitlyn C. Liao '97, and Mala Murthy '97 and danced to Janet Jackson's song, "This Time." The dancing was fantastic, evocative of a new "90s woman" attitude, combining sultry, seductive moves with flirtatious hip-hop steps. Another number, titled "The Two Faces of Eve," choreographed by Jennifer L. Rochlis G and danced to "Human Nature," by Madonna, was equally sexy and full of feminist strength.

The second act was even more spectacular, and opened with a dance to "Africa," by Toto and choreographed by Carol C. Cheung '98. The dancing was full of longing, and each dancer portrayed their own style of personal feeling.

Another number danced to a Nine Inch Nails song, "Closer," combined the modern jazz/funk dancing of a couple with emotions portrayed by dancers in pointed shoes. Choreographed by Jimmy J. Lin '97, the dance blended classical ballet moves with the contemporary style of the characters; this was very striking and lent the piece intensity. One "emotion" even was dragged around by a chain around his neck, as the couple portrayed issues of domination in their relationship.

The finale, "Mortal Kombat," was definitely the height of the show. What Van C. Van '97 choreographed definitely pushed the limits of dance, combining acrobatics and stage fighting with hardcore funk. The action never stopped from the beginning to end, and each time the audience was surprised with the increasing intensity of the violence and precision of the dancers. The pace was breathless and relentless, tearing from one duel to the next, with characters flipping each other and clearing off to let the next pair take the stage. This was a truly impressive finale.

Altogether, the sold-out crowd Friday left well satisfied, having experienced over two and a half hours of passion, joy, funky attitude, and excitement. Dance Troupe has indeed established its place in MIT entertainment.