Zina Bethune's new "Galileo/Jupiter/Apollo," danced by the Bethune Ballet Theatredanse Thursday at the Rehearsal Hall on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, resembled a glitzy mix of television commercials and science-fiction.
The 25-minute work, a collaboration between Bethune and the mixed-media group EZTV, presented bite-size dance segments linked by Rae Wilder's soft-science text, describing past and future explorations of the cosmos.
Against music by Philip Glass, Jean-Michel Jarre and Andreas Vollenweider, Bethune set derivative academic ballet vocabulary and Vegas-style eroticism that worked her six strong dancers hard in flashy, difficult lifts and fast leaps across the stage.
But her choreography was curiously literal. When the text dealt with the chaotic asteroid belt, for instance, the dancers merely reeled about.