ProArteDanza

Reviewed by Paula Citron
October 6, 2011

ProArteDanza
Harbourfront Next Steps
Choreography by Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Kevin O’Day and Guillaume Côté
Performed by Nami Mata, Tyler Gledhill, Louis Laberge-Côté, Mark Cardarelli, Marissa Parzei, Johanna Bergfelt, Valerie Calam, Brendan Wyatt and Ryan Lee
Fleck Dance Theatre
Oct. 5 to 8, 2011

ProArteDanza has a definite identity. The repertoire is physical and athletic, and the dancers eat up the stage.

Contemporary ballet is the modus operandi of PAD, and it’s sophisticated stuff performed by spectacular dancers. This 2011 version tends to be abstract and philosophical.

Robert Glumbek’s Verwoben (which means interwoven) explores the word through physical dynamics, the impact on human relationships, and as a response to the actual Beethoven music.

Roberto Campanella’s en pointe duet En Parallèlle takes on the theoretical topic of how blind chance operates in a universe of fixed physical laws.

Guillaume Côté’s ambitious Fractals: a pattern of chaos moves almost faster than the eye. A fractal is a geometric pattern that splits to produce identical copies of itself on a smaller scale, which Côté interprets in literal fashion.

Kevin O’Day’s Pearline is a darling of a piece that portrays a romantic hillbilly romp.

It’s a most satisfying evening of dance.

ProArteDanza continues at the Fleck Dance Theatre until Oct. 8.

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