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The (mostly) Vancouver-based collective the Body Orchestra presents three sides of the contemporary dance coin with a trio of works choreographed by co-artistic directors, Jen Aoki and Jenn Edwards, between 2016 to '18. Each of the evocative pieces is abstract in nature, yet conjures potent imagery inspired by TV news, Greek cinema, orchestral conductors and yes, even Donald Trump.
Viewer Discretion raises the question "do we control technology, or does it control us?," including a particularly compelling solo bristling with street-punk energy. Other Creatures delves into human communication (or lack thereof) as well as further showcasing the artistry of these fine artists.
Conduit features gestural movement vocabulary derived from a conductor’s arm movements, including one section in which an "orchestra" of dancers follows their maestra’s lead not with musical instruments but their own flailing bodies that enthralls.
Terrific original music and dramatic lighting makes this a slick 65-minute show. Still, this youthful company clearly has something to say and has become its own conduit to say it. ★★★★
— Holly Harris