Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Fuzion Dance Artists Takes Famed Art outside the Frames

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Fuzion Dance Artists Takes Famed Art outside the Frames

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Thousands of people have walked through the "Picasso/Dali Dali/ Picasso" exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg since it opened in November and -- predicting by the mob there this weekend - - thousands more will see this unprecedented exhibition of 90 works by two of the 20th century's greatest modern artists before it closes Feb. 22.

But only a select 100 were privy to an intriguing one-time-only performance at the museum Saturday by Fuzion Dance Artists that loosely interpreted the artists' work in movement and sound.

If that sounds unlikely, or at least unusual, it was. There was no narrative, no music and not a single traditional dance step. But, much as Cubism and Surrealism both enthralled and befuddled initial viewers, this was a performance that beguiled even as it bewildered, ultimately leaving enduring emotions and images.

Performed in the round, with the audience on three sides and, on the fourth, alternately a series of dropped black panels or the triangular windows of the building, it was a mix of choreographed and improvisational interpretation derived from recurring themes and approaches within the artists' work.

Nine dancers dressed in monotone gray moved inside and through the central dance floor, as well as down four radiating aisles and the space outside of all the seating, sometimes crawling, sometimes running hell-bent. Often they wielded an assortment of unrelated objects -- a metal bucket, a bamboo pole, a bowl, a skateboard -- which became elements in the imagery and the movement.

While there was never a moment you could say, "Oh, that's Dali's 'The Persistence of Memory!'" or "It's Picasso's 'Guernica!'" there were plenty of evocations of the art displayed upstairs. Ensemble poses that echoed still-lives. Bodies contorted or combined haphazardly to resemble Cubist dis-assembling. Moments of stillness and speed hinted at Dali's bending of time. …

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