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Review: IMA's 'Fall Water'

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Oguri brings a taste of Butoh, a highly conceptual form of Japanese dance, to Indianapolis in 'Fall Water.'
  • Oguri brings a taste of Butoh, a highly conceptual form of Japanese dance, to Indianapolis in 'Fall Water.'

5 stars

Indianapolis Museum of Art; Friday, Sept. 23.

What can I say about Fall Water? Held at dusk on the Fall Equinox, the site-specific dance piece used live music and live atmosphere to play in the boundary between light and darkness. The piece artfully moved the audience through a small portion of the 100 Acres Park at the IMA - a visual feast filled with cinematic images that felt, to me, voyeuristic at times.

Choreographer and performer Oguri is entrancing as he brings a taste of Butoh, the highly conceptual form of Japanese dance, to Indianapolis. Just as this site-specific performance is seen from as many different angles as there are audience members moving through and with the piece, so too does it offer as many different interpretations from each person viewing it. It was the kind of performance that provokes meditation on whatever subject has been batting around in the back of your head.

Fall Water was simply beautiful. Do not miss the next time this L.A.-based group comes to town.

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