Orange County Dance Company Backhausdance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre
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The last date listed for Backhausdance was Friday March 21, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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There were four pieces choreographed by Jennifer Backhaus, a dance instructor at Chapman University. All but one of the eight dancers were former students at Chapman and were all excellent. William Lu seemed to be the best dancer of them all. It was a very entertaining evening and I will look forward to seeing more of Backhaus' work in the future.
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Jennifer Backhaus has an up and coming dance company. Most of the dancers were strong and athletic. I especially enjoyed "Sitting on January" and the pas de deux in "Shift". I am looking forward to attending more of Backhausdance.
New pieces premiering in this production include “Countdown,” an exploration of the contradictions of how time is measured, both through human perception and mechanical calculations. The reconciliation between these two elements results in an ending that is both startling and ultimately satisfying. The program will also feature “Shift,” a new dance in four sections, developed over the past year in collaboration with lighting designer Ben Tusher. With music by Zoe Keating, this work for eight dancers explores humanity’s desire to lift and support one another, both physically and emotionally. Other dances on the program include “Connect Six,” a reworking of Backhausdance’s first company piece, with a wry commentary reflecting on the changes and successes of the past five years, and “Sitting on January,” perennial audience favorite and the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.