Delicious: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company at the Annenberg

October 17, 2012

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thINKing Dance: On my stroll along Walnut St. toward the Zellerbach Theater at U Penn’s Annenberg Center, I stepped into a chocolate confectionary shop, looking for some strong, dark chocolate as relief from the trafficky drive into town. But by that hour, the only sweets left in the shop were frothy and pale, if attractively arranged. The fare at the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company’s performance, presented by Dance Affiliates, was also often sweet—delicious at times—but for me not entirely satisfying.
Lubovitch’s dancers are exquisite; mostly Juilliard-trained, their resumes typically feature ballet backgrounds and connections to companies like Ailey, Battleworks and Parsons. Their dancing is refined, sharp, appropriately acrobatic, but not flashy. The choreography is also skillful; Lubovitch grasps form to the point that, once I picked up his trajectory for each dance, I could drop my notepad and enjoy the inevitable unfolding of the compositional plan. He exposes his strategy and follows its logic, responding closely to the music he chooses.

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