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Dance Brazil

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Wednesday March 13, 2013 / 8:00pm
Dance Brazil
2 tickets
Rear Orchestra
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

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If I could, I would have given this 2 1/2 stars. Once I relaxed and realized this was just another (good) modern dance troupe--that happened to come from Brazil--I was less disappointed. With a name like Dance Brazil, I expected (and bought tickets for) Brazilian dancing. The first colorless act, stripped of anything Brazilian, was a long warm-up (in white T-shirts and pants), with cheaply done, irritating "music" that didn't fit. There was no audience connection. It would have been more interesting had they had danced in silence (effective in modern dance), or simply to the driving percussion we associate with the rich, Brazilian culture. If you present plain fare, have great music! If you can make it to Act Two, the dancers connected to their roots and we finally got some color, more interesting lighting, better costumes, and at times that joyous, primitive, electrifying dancing in the quick, athletic Brazilian style. This is what we came for, but there wasn't enough of it. Staging tip – we were far-left, orchestra, and missed a significant portion of the action completely because a lot of it was set extreme stage right. The choreographer/director might want to watch a rehearsal from far left and far right in the audience to tweak the staging before it is performed at the Barclay.