It would be hard not to think of '60s and '70s counterculture while watching "Entertainment for the Apocalypse," which opened Thursday at Highways in Santa Monica. Created by the San-Francisco based dance-theater collective called CORE, the piece began with a guerrilla-theater-like prologue on 18th Street and continued indoors with scenes that were drenched in particular notions of going with--or against--the flow.
CORE--made up of Jess Curtis, Jules Beckman, Stephanie Maher, Keith Hennessy and Stanya Kahn --sometimes builds interestingly on concepts from the Woodstock era. Movement grounded in contact improvisation--with its emphasis on touch, shifting weight and the controlled floppiness of limbs that swing wide--is refined into dances that have kinetic force. The cast takes turns on percussion or fuzzy electric guitar that recalls the Jefferson Airplane at its most manic.