Tonight was the first concert in my subscription to the Kennedy Center’s contemporary dance season. The Beijing Dance Theatre performed Haze. Here’s a snippet from a performance earlier this summer:
Tonight’s performance, overall, was very beautiful, and there were some striking moments. The themes of alienation and falling, however, became tiresome after a while — by the end I longed for more lyricism and stability. The springy floor contributed to the message, but it also seemed to undermine the dancers’ ability to stay together — which may also have been part of the message, but sometimes it just came off as sloppy.
(When I failed to give a standing ovation, the woman next to me — who was clearly in raptures — asked me what I thought of the piece. I told her I thought there was too much falling down. She asked if I was a dancer and, when I said no, told me in a voice full of judgement just how difficult all that falling was to perform. Pearls before swine, etc.)
I’m really excited about the rest of the contemporary dance season. I had season’s tickets last year and saw some really beautiful performances (also some really strange ones). This season promises to be even more fun, since this time a friend of mine from law school has gotten tickets with me, so I have someone to go with. Plus, there are some new restaurants in the neighborhood that will make pre-theatre dinners much more enjoyable! (Tonight we had some tasty kebabs, hummus and couscous at Roti.)