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Performance Review: Godot Dances!!

Oni Dance in wasteland ( arrival
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Maria Gillespie brought Oni Dance, her company of strong, charismatic and engaging dancers, to a rarely used performance space in Santa Monica last weekend. Premiering wasteland ( arrival, she presented the evening length work in the round in the hundred year old home of the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club. Built early in the twentieth century and right off the 3rd Street Promenade, the room already had its own been-around-the-block character: a high ceiling, balcony and hardwood floor. And on this floor, the choreographer layered the performing space with what looked like black soot or thick dust. Adding to the atmosphere, a warning on the entrance door announced that the room is filled with “haze,” perhaps a film created by burning an unscented oil whose smoke made everything look less than clear, with a hint of post-apocalyptic uncertainty.