Thursday, May 18, 2006

Oyster - Mondavi Center

If you have ever had an interest in modern dance, Inbal Pinto Dance Company's Oyster is a show that you should find and follow. The obscurity and magnificence of the show are completely hypnotizing. There is not a moment of the show that can be called out above any other. Each section of the show - though it is really more of one cohesive unit than a set of parts - has a fair share of drama, comedy and skilful and humble spectacle.

Oyster is set loosely in a classic circus. The costumes allude wonderfully to this. A large theme of the show is impairity. A lack of arms, an extended arm, the inability to stand upright or even a giant with two heads who turns out to be nothing but two weak little men stack on top of one another.

The set, by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, is extremely simple at first glance, but becomes part of the dancers as they express their whims through movement. The Lighting, by Yoaan Tivoli brings the attention of the audience to wherever it should be mostly focused, but allows for the audience to notice and continue to focus on the more subtle activities on the stage. One of the more impressive aspects of the production is the costume design accomplished by Pinto, Pollak and Gila Lahat.

Overall, this is easily one of the best shows I've ever seen. It is simple, extravagant, and enthralling.

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