Dancers "Feel the Pulse"
Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 14:05
If dancing is truly the best form of non-verbal communication, I’d be willing to seal my lips forever. Last Thursday, the Adagio Dance Company held its final semester show, Feel the Pulse, in Levin Ballroom. The large audience sat in the dimly lit room, which set the jaunty ambience for the night.
The first performance, “Welcome to The Circus,” was a funky, seductive piece featuring music by Robyn, Pink and Cirque du Soleil. Choreographed by seniors Melanie Shapiro and Carina Platner, the dance was a colorful mixture of hip-hop and modern styles.
“Welcome to your First Day at Brandeis High” offered a comedic interlude in the program, with dancers clad in glasses acting out high school stereotypes. Music such as “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry and “Fed Up” by DJ Khaled, made the piece unconventional and a nice detour from the heavily modern- and ballet-influenced show. Another gem was “Jai Ho!,” which featured tap dancing and Arabian-esque costumes. The music, recognizable from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, was also popular with the crowd.
Marc Eder ’12 continued his tradition of emceeing Adagio performances. The tone of the show—an ode to the graduating seniors—was slightly bittersweet. The performance organizers showed a slide show honoring the seniors’ last performance, including slides of baby pictures alongside current photos before the final act.
The Brandeis Boys, an all-male hip-hop dance crew, was amongst those performing. The Boys, clad in matching jeans and black t-shirts, gallivanted around the stage as the Adagio ladies pranced among them. Choreographed by Marla Merchut ’12 and Samantha Cortez ’13, the piece, “This is Why I’m Hot,” was a fusion of music by Mims, LMFAO, Britney Spears and P. Diddy. The small group featured current Student Union President Herbie Rosen ’12 and President-elect Todd Kirkland ’13.
Other pieces included dances set to music by Florence + the Machine, One Republic and the Killers. One piece that particularly stood out for me was “Fix You” by Coldplay, choreographed by Sarah Goliger '12.
A modern piece, the dancers oscillated between standing behind one another and moving their limbs to mirror one another. The shadows they created were beautiful against the backdrop, as the audience sang along with the popular song.
The sense of camaraderie among the dancers was present throughout the show. The performers had an electrifying chemistry that bounced off of one another. Adagio member Malorie Letcavage ’14 said, “I never thought of myself as a dancer, but I love doing the Adagio shows. It’s like being a part of a family.”
Correction: The piece "Fix You" by Coldplay was choreographed by Sarah Goliger '12, not Leanna Rodriguez '11.