That’s the first dance in BodyVox-2’s 12-piece show that opened Thursday night. It's parent company, BodyVox, calls itself a “freewheeling, multi-media, boundary-bending movement troupe,” and has been leaping and stumbling about Portland for the last 13 years. This week it showcases the work of its annex company, BodyVox-2, comprised of emerging dancers who train alongside the main company. They divide their time between performing at school assemblies across the state and staging new dances as well as selections from the BodyVox canon.
The five BodyVox-2 dancers tirelessly performed new and
old pieces, some as funny as the first, others serious, and a few that seemed
like excerpts from a Rogers and Hammerstein musical. Though not every dance
maintained a high level of creativity and wit, the show was danced with
impressive professionalism and a heavy dose of humor--a novelty in the world of
modern dance. This emerging crop of BodyVox company members shows great promise
and is definitely worth seeing.
GO: BodyVox-2 performs at BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th Ave., 229-0627. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 28-29. $15.