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Head To Orange County For The Groundbreaking Dance Performance Of 'The Oracle'

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Downtown recently celebrate the 1913 premiere of the Ballets Russes' Vaslav Nijinksy/Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." And now down south, the intimate Barclay Theater in Irvine is hosting a solo interpretation of the groundbreaking music for only one performance this coming Tuesday night.

"The Oracle" will be choreographed by Australian Meryl Tankard and performed by fellow countryman Paul White. The dance promises to explore "the conflicting forces of nature and man, masculinity and femininity, violence and nurturing, strength and vulnerability." With video design by longtime collaborator Regis Lansac, "the stark and brooding aesthetic and the power of the rhythmic musical score deliver an atmosphere of coiled-spring emotions in a haunting work."

Both choreographer and dancer have previously worked with Pina Bausch in Germany and performed this work and others internationally, to great acclaim. Don't expect a narrative identical to the 20th century classic, but judging from the video below, it looks like there's power in the punches. Our "chosen one" is a male, there is no corps around him and the video says there will be "nudity and adult themes." Plus, having worked with the iconic Ms. Bausch, who knows what might happen?

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Yeah, it's a long drive on a weekday night, but it may be well worth the price of gas...and more! Purchase tickets here.