Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cedar Lake Ballet

i had the fantastic opportunity to see Cedar Lake Ballet last night i'm still completely floored by how fantastic they were.  it was by far the best performance i've seen in years.  

i need to preface this by saying it was definitely not a classical, technical ballet, as they are a contemporary company.  but if you love contemporary ballet, you must see Cedar Lake.  
the program i saw was called Orbo Novo, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherakoui.  

the show began with the dancers reciting a passage written by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, describing a stroke and the psychological turmoil she experienced during it. while i'm not always a fan of talking in ballets (it for some reason makes me nervous!) it was interesting to get such a clear idea of what the piece was about.  they continued to dance in the most fluid manner, illustrating themes like the notion of being trapped within the mind and the dualities of the natural world.  and all of these twisted themes were emphasized by the large red lattice walls on stage, which the dancers climbed and contorted through, around, and over.  

while some of my friends felt the choreography was lack luster at times, i found it to be mesmerizing.  maybe it was just the talent of the dancers that i was so captivated with, but regardless i thought it was amazing.  the combination of the fantastic music, the strange wilder-our-town-esque costumes, the odd steps, and the use of the lattices, left me completely spellbound.  it really demonstrated what fantastic athletes dancers are.  
if you have the opportunity to see Cedar Lake, i definitely recommend you do!

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