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Performance Review: Method Dance

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Bradley Michaud’s Method Contemporary Dance Company opened up its fourth season with a three-night stand at the Diavolo Dance Space in the Brewery Arts Complex this past weekend. Having seen last year’s evening length premiere, I was happy to see the choreographer’s growth as a dance maker and the evolution of his company.

The best moments were in Michaud’s solo, MANIFESTO, which he subtitles A piece I made about some things I believe. Walking around the stage in a sleeveless dark blue T-shirt, black kneepads and the top half of gray sweat pants, we got to see how this inventive choreographer works. Crackling the bones in his feet, wrists, hands and fingers, he silently demonstrates how he thinks of movement, executes the idea, extends the action and then moves on to the next thought. While the exact choices he made may even have been created on the stage, the structure seemed planned and is probably how this man works by himself in the studio. With no sound accompaniment, we got to hear his breathing, as well as his groans of effort. Though many of his corporeal choices were interesting to witness, I felt a bit unsatisfied by the brevity of the dancing. Perhaps serving as a teaser for what was to come, the one-movement-at-a-time format had a little too much punctuation for a sustained phrase.