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Koresh Dance Company's 'Bolero' Memerable

by Rita Kohn
March 14, 2014
The Tarkington
The Center for the Performing Arts
355 City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
317-843-3800
This review was originally published in NUVO Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN.

Rita Kohn is a member of the Board of the Dance Critics Association.
Bolero is a signature work of Philadelphia's Koresh Dance Company. Riveting with its tempo-matching palette of movements as dancers in ever-changing configurations enter and exit the stage to Ravel's iconic score of the same name.

Once experienced, this work is never forgotten. While an audience member can't retain it all, specific moments playback with the incessant beat pulsing through mind and body, and yes, soul. And that is what happens throughout a Koresh program.

Ronen (Roni) Koresh brings a smorgasbord of influences to his choreography, particularly Israeli and near eastern folk dancing upon which Martha Graham's technique was layered.

Starting with a story, each piece grew into a mime with dancers depicting events and relationships weaving in and out of each other as a sleight-of-hand metaphor. You have to concentrate to get the point and follow what's happening, particularly with Koresh's "La via Rose", a poetic interpretation of singer Edith Piaf's famous recording. The children in the audience caught the moments of pathos and complexity along with the humor as the dancers interwove, laced around and whipped through a variety of situations. Everything wasn't always beautiful.
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