May 7, 2012
The Scandinavians to a large degree and the Dutch in particular embraced two distinctly American artforms: modern dance and jazz. Both have proliferated in the Netherlands, and one of their representatives, Introdans Dance Company appeared at the Joyce Theater. Founded by Ton Wiggers and Directed by Roel Voorintholt, the well rehearsed, technically adept company performed three works at the Joyce Theater.
Only the opening piece, “Funf Gedichte—Five Poems” by Nils Christe registered as a memorable composition. Clean and tightly structured, a series of duets placed four men and four women in body challenging lifts, twists and drops. Zachary Chant appears and disappears in flesh colored tights, like a conductor directing the community of dancers.
Flashy without much punctuation, the second work “Paradise?” by Gisela Rocha gives the dancers a post modern, off kilter lexicon. Snippets of a jazz inflected rendition of “Over The Rainbow” by Mara Hulspa filters in and out as does a kicky little tap routine by Rashaen Arts.
Finally, Ed Wubbe's "Messiah" wove large, misty dance patterns throughout the music but did little to enlighten Handel’s lush score.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis