DANCE AND PROCESS
by Leslie Allison
Kim Brandt, Alan Calpe, Rebecca Patek, and Gillian Walsh, curated by Sarah Michelson
The audience is still filing into the theater when Kim Brandts troupe of 24 dancersamongst them the other three choreographers on the billcollapse into a mountain of bodies onstage.
Stephen Petronioiconoclastic and iconic, subversive, game changing, elegant, with just a gleam of something slightly depraved glinting off his spiky ear studsis celebrating 30 years as a choreographer with a debut as an author.
If asked, you could probably describe a theater with relative ease. A stage comes quickly to mind; curtains, seats, spot lights, a sprung floor, tickets, a box office, even a concession stand and bathrooms (complete with interminable lines at intermission).
All of the dancers of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet are abnormally attractive, but thats not why they remind me of fashion models. Its because, like models, they are blank canvases for the extravagant dances they wear.