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Review: Dance Kaleidoscope: New Dimensions

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Dance Kaleidoscope artistic director David Hochoy
  • Dance Kaleidoscope artistic director David Hochoy

Speed, strength and sensitivity linked three diverse works at Dance Kaleidoscope's remarkable 42nd season opening program. Christopher Dolder's autobiographical Riverboy (2002) bristled with youthful energy as DK dancers, individually and in groups, engaged in derring-do and split-second clowning. They employed gigantic and smaller inner tubes in the name of seeking acceptance and finding first love. The music of Mark O'Connor, Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma conjured the feel of a river.

In Cynthia Pratt's The Whole Against the Sky, Butler student dancers created tableaus of massing bodies, breathtakingly emerging from and enfolding each other in symbolic acceptance of "otherness." Pratt's flowingly sculptured choreography moved dancers into communal enlightenment with Valgeir SigurĂ°sson's equally architectural, driving sound composition. Kathleen Egan's long-skirted flowing costumes were suffused with ethereal qualities. One wonders if in the closing moments the work would have ended more powerfully if the bodies had been moving into the light instead of being drenched by it.

DK dancers relentless rushed across a variety of landscapes, falling then breaking out of kaleidoscopic configurations, in the company's new take on the David Hochoy-choreographed iconoGlass (1998). The troupe's breathtaking vigor brought the piece to a new level, dancing and music melding lushly with Cheryl Sparks' costumes and Laura E. Glover's lighting.

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