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Troupe joins forces with pros

Breaking Bounds

MIT Dance Troupe.

Little Kresge, February 21 to 23, 1997.

By Kimberly Knowles
Staff Reporter

Each time the MIT Dance Troupe performs, it incorporates a new idea. Last term, it was lighting design; this time, it was professional dancers and choreographers. This performance featured Boston area talent performing their own choreography as well as a reprisal of favorite dances from Dance Troupe's past performances.

The show began with an evocative piece called "Birds," in which a soundtrack of bird calls accompanies series of fleeting movements and intricate patterns as dancers seemed to fly about the stage, gathering in flocks and darting off stage.

The second, a solo work by Andr Quintela, was entitled "Dreaming." It was a sensual work, accentuating the form of the body. Another professional piece, by Nancy Marsh, seemed to be rather mature, expressing a feeling of middle age and longing.

The best professional dance was offered by Sharon Montella, who performed a hip-hop number to "Face Down" by Prince. She was full of spirit and energy, and the fact that she was alone on stage did not make a difference; her presence filled the room.

Overall, the student-choreographed pieces seemed a lot more engaging than the perhaps more distant professional works. A remake of "Closer" by Jimmy Lin '97 yielded a much more brutal plot, in which a man is controlled and manipulated by a woman, with "Emotions" on pointe shoes accompanying his agony.

Christina Schofield's "A Capella Tap" brought the same charm as the first time, revamped only by a new title. A dance called "Overswept" by Nicole Y. Morgan G brought thrills to the audience with its blue and purple color scheme and ocean wave movements, interrupted by a rhythmic tribal section. Carol C. Cheung '98 danced a lovely solo at the end of the piece, closing the dance with energy and delicacy.

The highlight of the show was the finale, "Africa," by Cheung. It was worth sitting through the show just for this one dance. The emotion, the tension, the longing, and the continuity of life were all encapsulated in this one piece, leaving the audience very satisfied indeed.

Dance Troupe just keeps growing in power and talent, and its performances are highly recommended to anyone who wants to witness MIT's talents and experience the splendor of dance.