August 3, 2012

Dance review: Keigwin + Company helps audience enjoy Bates Festival

By JENNIFER BREWER

LEWISTON - Keigwin + Company opened a three-day run at Bates Dance Festival on Thursday evening with a very enjoyable performance in Schaeffer Theatre.

The four pieces performed ranged from the fluidity and beauty of "Trio" (danced by Aaron Carr, Brandon Cournay and Emily Schoen) to the whimsical fun of "Contact Sport" (danced by Matthew Baker, Aaron Carr, Brandon Cournay and Gary Schaufeld).

Larry Keigwin, K + C founder, artistic director and choreographer, has choreographed in such diverse arenas as pop music, comedy, ballet, Broadway shows and The Radio City Rockettes. In addition to K + C, he also directs "Keigwin Kabaret," blending dance, vaudeville and burlesque.

This versatility may be part of the reason each of Keigwin's pieces seemed so audience-aware, especially regarding quickly-established and appropriately-consistent mood. Each piece portrayed emotional depth while leaving fewer unanswered questions than much other modern dance choreography, leaving room for pure enjoyment of the movement, which was highly musical.

Keigwin + Company reprises its performance at Bates on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.

 

Keigwin + Company
Bates Dance Festival
Shaeffer Theatre, Bates College, Lewison
Performances continue Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4

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