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Performance Review: Method Contemporary Dance

photo credit | Monique L'Heureux
photo by Monique L'Heureux
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One of the big things that choreographer Bradley Michaud mentions in his company's promotional materials is his aesthetic austerity. He’s interested in the movement, the energy and the physical abandon. He’s not looking for music, text or other visuals to tell his not-a-story. At the Bootleg Theater, he and his performing collaborators in Method Contemporary Dance followed that prescription in their weekend production, See If You Still Love Us.We walked in on the group executing some highly athletic floor crashing, arm slashing and legs-in-front-of-you jumps (the dancer jumps and extends both lower extremities forward) with some falls to the floor and rolls to stand again. Mostly in pairs, they appeared as fearless, body punishing (over time) and forceful.

True to the tone of the hour long work’s title, there seemed to be a threat inherent to the relationships between those six men and women on the stage. And the predominant lack of musical accompaniment brought their efforts smack into our faces.