While the nation was saturated with the grippingly tawdry details of Bill and Monica over the weekend, "Voices in Motion," a showcase for locally emerging choreographers, presented its fifth-anniversary concert at Cal State L.A.'s State Playhouse with its own nod--albeit a much more oblique one--to the eternal question of boy-girl relationships.
In a nine-part program seen Saturday, with seven premieres, the evening seemed nearly as long as the Starr report, with less regard for detail, however, than overall intent. Technique and joy of movement permeated the atmosphere, although sheer inventiveness was far from rampant as the small but appreciative audience welcomed these stalwart voices.
The program opened with the sweetly simplistic work of Gustavo Gonzalez's Agua Luna Dance Company. "Flor de Mexico," the unit's new ode to flower markets, with the taped sounds of Mexican harp punctuating the rhythms, created a benign tableau in which a dozen blossom-laden dancers sashayed appealingly. The occasional collision notwithstanding, unique moments featured hunched-over men carrying brightly clad, beaming women on their backs.
Kitty McNamee's Hysterica Dance Company offered two premieres. "SRB" was a frenzied look at bedtime rituals as Bubba Carr, Ryan Heffington and McNamee playfully bounded about the stage to Vivaldi. Her "Shelter" utilized the Rolling Stones' hard-driving beat to portray the steamy side of club life, as Nancy Anderson, Brian Frette, Carr and Heffington, all sporting leather and Attitude, offered group groping, high kicks and S&M salutations.