Magazine article Dance Magazine

Zig Zag Takes A Few Baffling Turns. (Reviews: National)

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Zig Zag Takes A Few Baffling Turns. (Reviews: National)

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ZIG ZAG TAKES A FEW BAFFLING TURNS ZIG ZAG BALLET STAMFORD CENTER FOR THE ARTS STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT SEPTEMBER 29, 2001

The success of a repertory company hinges not only on the talent of the performers and creativity of the choreographers, but also on the vision of the artistic director. Zig Zag Ballet, resident dance company of the Stamford Center for the Arts, has an incredible venue to call home and a group of ten gifted, individualistic dancers to enliven its stage. But without well-crafted, or even crafted, choreography, this company cannot shine.

Zig Zag unveiled two world premieres: Pearls, choreographed by Jahain Clark, and Entertaining Thoughts About Irreversible Facts, with music and choreography by Joel Schnee. The program closed with Darrell Grand-Moultrie's Pulse. As artistic director of the company, Brett Raphael chooses and commissions its repertoire, and one hopes his selection of future choreographers will be more discerning. While it was exciting to see Zig Zag's dancers performing a wide range of styles, they seem capable of handling more thoughtful and coherent works.

Pearls was a contemplative balancing act that paired eight dancers with large, silvery physio balls. Clark, the choreographer, performed and toured with MOMIX before co-founding her own troupe in 1995, and Pearls recalls works by MOMIX in its conflation of dancers, props, and costumes. Zig Zag's performers maneuvered the balls to a pulsing, Arabic-sounding score by Tuu and Trans-Global Underground, at times diving over the balls on their stomachs and landing in asymmetrical poses. …

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