ArtDish reviews ALASKA Nov 9, 2009

by Jessica

Jim Demetre reviews Alaska:

When we use the word "contemporary" to describe a work of dance we are usually talking about two things. First are the formal elements of movement employed in conveying the meaning; elements that are of the moment and constitute a kind of recognizable global vernacular. Second is the vaguer realm of mood, tone, and sensibility. Does it define something particular about the era in which we live? Argentinean choreographer Diana Szeinblum’s Alaska, which opened Thursday at On the Boards and runs through Sunday, can clearly lay claim to the former properties. When it comes to the latter, however, the piece is as traditional and familiar as that other product of Argentina, the tango.

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