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O(H) cleverly implodes the art of making dance while also showcasing the talents of its Los Angeles-based creators, Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith.
The two banter good-naturedly and dissect contemporary practice, poking fun at seemingly everyone, including legendary dance icons Bob Fosse to Martha Graham. They explain the origins of breakdance and crack in-jokes about technique. Proud Mary will never quite sound the same again after seeing a skivvies-clad Smith strut to Casebolt’s powerhouse vocals.
The show should all be a breath of fresh air, yet begins to resemble a pedantic lecture/demonstration. Too many cerebral analyses — such as the meaning of their gestural language — makes it feel as dry as dancers’ shoe chalk.
When they improvise movement phrases to a spontaneous text at the end, it’s akin to being in a rehearsal hall. Fascinating, yes. But a show fuelled by evident love for the art form should, one hopes, communicate something more than a quasi-academic discourse.
— Holly Harris
From the Fringe program:
If you're tired of modern dance that takes itself way too seriously, O(h) is perfect for you. casebolt and smith tear apart their process of making dances, speak directly to the audience, rewrite and sing iconic rock songs, borrow from famous choreographers, deploy lightning-quick banter, and toss in a dash of breakin'. Dance. Theater. Comedy. O(h), it's also Hilarious.
Director: Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith
Cast: Liz Casebolt, Joel Smith
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM CDT: