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Sunday, September 3, 2017


Whimsically wonderful - truly a wonderful night of thoroughly entertaining dance. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

INTRODANS aren't novices to the stages of Jomba! as they have partnered with Flatfoot Dance Company to create several dance works in the past. Friday night's performance, Wonderland, saw the Holland based dance company flaunt their contemporary technique in six dance works ranging from 5 to 30 minutes in length.

The first piece was titled The Debate, choreographed by the company’s founder Ton Wiggers. The choreography establishes a pas de deux dance battle between the sexes. The music resembled the percussions sounds of Classical Indian Kathak which made for appealing viewing on this powerful, short display of fluttering dance.

The second piece, Three, choreographed by Robert Battle (artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) used a very different techno beat and showcased a more energetic and bouncy style that thrusts us into a 'muscular jam session'. There were vast contrasts between the duets and the solos and more attention was spent on complex hand and feet work.

The third work, a solo entitled Ella, was the second of three pieces choreographed by Battle. This fast-paced, high energy, jazzy routine was very theatrical and animated. The soloist was remarkable in commanding the vast open stage and filling it with loads of stage presence and pizazz. The open movement is rousing and inviting. In his third piece, Takademe, Battle creates another solo but this time fusing contemporary and classical Kathak dance styles. While the footwork resembled that of Kathak the hands and arms were more free and ferocious. The rhythm was very angular and followed the Kathak form.

The fifth piece, Malasangre, was choreographed and designed by Cayetano Soto. The spotted lighting design danced along to the samba rhythms accompanied by the duets of the dancers. The sultry music was paired well with the sensual choreography and exciting lifts. The choreography was crisp, clean and confident. I particularly enjoyed the costumes designed by Soto.

The last work, Black Cake, was choreographed by Hans van Manen and saw all 12 of the dancers on stage. It was a delightful way to cap the night as it was more quirky and lighthearted in relation to the five pieces that preceded it. The piece was gentle and provocative while elegant and drunk all at the same time. It was almost like a sexy tango that showcased the strengths of the dance company. It was truly a wonderful night of thoroughly entertaining dance that reminded us of classical ballet technical but at the same time charting new territories in dance movement and fusion. - Verne Rowin Munsamy