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Dance Kaleidoscope - The Four elements (Redux)

by Rita Kohn
October 9, 2011
Indianapolis, IN
3 ½ stars

IRT Mainstage, Oct. 6-9, 2011

This review was originally published in NUVO Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN.

Rita Kohn is a member of the Board of the Dance Critics Association.
Slimmed, trimmed and still dynamic, David Hochoy's revisited The Four Elements (2005 premiere) this time opened with "Earth" set on Frank Felice's dynamic Earthworks. Kenoth Shane Patton's powerful creator-figure both orders and shapes the never-stopping company of dancers resembling drones whose urgent purpose is to build, tear down, rebuild. Technology is at the core with sounds of machinery driving action faster and faster. "Water" delivers a soothing counter-balance to music by Chopin played live by pianist Spencer Myer. Clad in iridescent and fringe-swaying shades of blue, the company flowingly engages in designs and relationships with Liberty Harris as a maternal/benevolent figure—a fine contrast to the strident Poseidon whose tantrums turn the waters into a feared element. "Air," to Satie's Gymnopedies-Nos 2 and 3, takes flight through spatial configurations, making floating pictures that curve and bend. Jillian Godwin ignites "Fire" to Tito Puente's Ran Kan Kan as the company keeps pace to the driving Latin rhythms. This opening program of DK's 40th season introduces Aleska Lukasiewicz as the newest intern to join the company of always vibrant dancers.
Kenoth Shane Patton in the Earth section

Kenoth Shane Patton in the Earth section

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Dance Kaleidoscope company with pianist Spencer Myer in the Water section

Dance Kaleidoscope company with pianist Spencer Myer in the Water section

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Liberty Harris in the Water section

Liberty Harris in the Water section

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Zach Young being lifted by George Salinas, Kenoth Shane Patton and Timothy June in the Air section.

Zach Young being lifted by George Salinas, Kenoth Shane Patton and Timothy June in the Air section.

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Melanie Schreiber with Jamie Ripsky, Zach Young, Aleksa Lukasiewicz and Timothy June in the Fire section

Melanie Schreiber with Jamie Ripsky, Zach Young, Aleksa Lukasiewicz and Timothy June in the Fire section

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Jillian Godwin in the Fire section

Jillian Godwin in the Fire section

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