IRVINE — The American Indian Dance Theatre looked sensational when it introduced two new works on an otherwise familiar program Thursday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
In the new Eastern Woodlands Suite, a group of young men good-naturedly wooed women though competitive solos that grew increasingly daring, humorous and even up-to-date, with Lloyd Yellowbird galvanizing the audience with Michael Jackson moonwalk steps and arm-in-the-air poses.
The suite shifted fluidly between dance sequences that allowed and accented individuality and those that brought the individual back into the group. It included everyday activity, such as mere walking, and it did not aim for relentless, piled-up effects.
In these ways, the work exemplified the company's philosophy and reason for existence--the presentation of tribal material as authentically as possible within a theatrical context. Audiences looking for revue-type dancing must seek elsewhere.