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Sharir Dance Company

Sharir Dance Company. - McCullough Theatre, Austin, Texas - dance reviews
Dance Magazine, March, 1997 by Sondra Lomax


Sharir Dance Company founder and coartistic director Yacov Sharir leads a double life as choreographer and cyberspace pioneer. His ongoing research in dance and new technologies includes computer-generated cyborgs which he manipulates through virtual space. To open his company's fourteenth season, Sharir featured some of his latest explorations in Cyber Human Dances/Hollow Ground 11, a blend of computerized animation and live dance.

Choreographed by Sharir with Andrea Beckham, the work opens to sounds of Carolyn Pavlik sticking to a vertical panel of Velcro strips. As she slides down the grid, the scratchy, ripping noises reverberate through the theater. She jumps into the grid again and instantly sticks, like cooked spaghetti flung onto a wall. It's a bizarre, funny scenario of Velcro versus gravity. Beckham rolls next, ripping and sticking loudly. Simultaneously, computerized video of a dancing silver cyborg figure is projected on and above the performers. The dancers soon forsake the grid and ooze into variations of the cyborg's stilted gyrations, an eerie display of art imitating technology.

Despite Sharir's well-documented computer research, the heart and soul of his choreography remains human bodies in motion. His latest pure dance work, 2x5+, illustrates Sharir's considerable talents. The dance seamlessly weaves unfolding arms and legs into a rich tapestry of kinetic designs framed by black and white costumes and Amarante L. Lucero's sophisticated lighting. Marika Chandler and David Chao's silky duet offers a microcosm of Sharir's skill in molding bodies through time and space. A movement feast, 2x5+ imbues intelligent, complex patterns with subtle emotion.

Unending Rose, by coartistic director Jose Luis Bustamante, features androgynous costuming (long-sleeved maroon tunics) and simple, clearly defined movements. The dance is in contrast to Bustamante's usual dense and physically complex works by its focus on uniformity: Gender distinctions are irrelevant; unison movements abound. The work is beautifully designed, like finely etched crystal.

Company member Bryan Green's In the Gallery of the Soul provides imagery ranging from organic (a couple sleeping) to surreal (the illusion of bodies floating above a bed). Green's clever dance, his first for the company, shows an upright bed where he and Theresa Hardy toss and turn, curl and uncurl in imaginary slumber. The skewed perspective offers a bird's-eye view of the sleeping couple's dreams.

The choreography and dancing by this Austin-based company are topnotch: fresh, athletic, controlled, and gutsy. Such quality productions have propelled the company into its current position as Texas's leading modern dance troupe, both in cyberspace and in the real world.

COPYRIGHT 1997 Dance Magazine, Inc.
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