ACCELERATION new choreography by kate alton, emmanuel jouthe, claudia moore and michael sean marye to October 7. For details, see listings, this page. Rating: NNNN
contemporary dance works best when it expresses what can't be communicated in any other way.Kate Alton understands this, and in Acceleration, a program of six new works, she makes believers of us all.
Each piece uses the movement of the human body in space to suggest growth and change, as hinted at in the show's title.
From Alton's poignant opening solo about her tentative relationship with dance to Michael Sean Marye's unsentimental look at the effects of war on two very different couples, the show's themes are rich and suggestive.
And they're not all serious. Marye is hilarious in Alton's piece about a nerd upset with the mechanics of his body, while Alton flirts regally as a bereft snow queen in a Claudia Moore piece.
Best of all is a virtuoso piece inspired by the 1970s sound poetry group the Four Horsemen that pays homage to the past while remaining clearly in the present. A classic.