October 5, 1998
Spectrum celebrates the joy of dance
by Deborah Stone
The King County Performance Network with the Duvall Arts Commission recently presented an evening with Spectrum Dance Theater at Cedarcrest High School.
Since 1982, when Spectrum Dance Theater was founded, the company has remained committed to performing a range of contemporary jazz dance artistry in forms that are rooted in American life to which people can readily relate.
At Cedarcrest, Spectrum dancers displayed their solid technical backgrounds in a program that showcased works by talented choreographers Lar Lubovitch, Claire Bataille, Nancy Cranbourne, Frank Chaves, Ann Reinking and Danny Buraczeski.
Dances were fresh, expressive and dynamic, providing an exciting night of performance for the enthusiastic audience present.
Nancy Cranbourne's "Down to the Nightclub" was a fun, sassy little piece about six women out on the town for a night of dancing. It was lighthearted, witty and full of non-stop energy.
"Blue Plate Special," also by Cranbourne, was choreographed to the music of Frank Sinatra with dancers in red and blue suits with matching hats doing a send-up of the old Gene Kelly/Cyd Charisse production numbers.
An audience favorite was Lar Lubovitch's "Sunrise Suite," which included the very funny, yet bittersweet excerpt "Tennessee Waltz," a solo about love lost that was performed with soulful expression by Nick DeSantis.
"Love Duets," a series of dances by various choreographers, displayed the diversity of partner dancing and included some lovely lifts and undulating movements, all done with lingering glances. Bataille's "Tchokola," choreographed to music by Jean Luc Ponti, celebrated the pure jubilation of dance, with intricate combinations of lyrical, quick and energetic movements.
Spectrum's dancers, with their variety of body shapes and sizes, are a joy to watch, as their infectious energy is contagious.
The King County Performance Network is bringing UMO Ensemble, a physical theater troupe, to Cedarcrest on October 31.
For more information about up-coming performances, call 1-800-677-ARTS.