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Review: Motus Dance Theatre's 'In'

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Motus Dance Theatre got to the heart of some difficult social issues with a performance of In.
  • Motus Dance Theatre got to the heart of some difficult social issues with a performance of In.

White Rabbit Cabaret; directed by H. Keller Phillips; Nov. 11 and 12.

In their latest production, In, Motus Dance Theatre vigorously attacks all manner of hateful interpersonal inflictions - from bullying to selfishness, thoughtlessness to vengefulness - in a world where it's really just a lot less less trouble being kind, thoughtful, compassionate, supportive, loving. Who among us has not been excluded, after all? While the program may not have been meant to inflict trauma, the sheer amount of victimization and violence in each vignette was unsettling enough to send us home intent upon, well, being a better person.

Heidi Keller Phillips directed an inclusive company of twelve dancers whose diverse physicality and levels of performance enhanced the theme of exclusion/inclusion. Act 1 felt the stronger of the two-act program, though the closing number, with its reflection upon the opening story, helped to bring the evening to a somewhat hopeful conclusion. Still, the vision of seven choreographers bled into each other, creating largely unsettling and jarring musical compositions and harsh lighting.

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