Thursday, February 28, 2002

3 reasons to see Everett Dance Theatre

Multiracial troupe explores inner-city youth

By Carol Norris
Enquirer contributor

        It doesn't matter if Everett Dance Theatre is tackling flying and the Wright Brothers or scientific experiments — both topics broached in past works.

   What: Contemporary Dance Theater presents Everett Dance Theatre
   When: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    Where: Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center, downtown
   Tickets: $17 and $20, $12 students and seniors at the Aronoff and Music Hall box offices, Ticketmaster locations, 241-7469 or
   Read the review: Saturday at Enquirer.Com and Sunday in Tempo
        The end result will be a dance that makes art out of its subjects. And always count on the multiracial company, which performs at the Aronoff Center this weekend, to create dances that look a lot like theater.

        1. The focus: Everett has performed in Cincinnati twice before, each time with a new topic. This year's “Somewhere in the Dream” sets down in urban America. It explores inner-city school life and looks at hip-hop amid a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It's a gritty look at urban youth that touches on alienation as well as hope.

        2. The dancers: Joining Providence, R.I.'s Everett Dance Theatre onstage will be young, Tristate hip-hop dancers, who will be incorporated into the story and the action.

        Every Everett work involves research. Dancers arrive weeks before a performance and move out into the community to integrate locals — especially kids — into the final product.

        3. The look: Artistic director Dorothy Jungels will wed hip-hop to ballet in a dance set among chain-link fences, stairs and trampolines. There's chaos and even danger in this troubling world — but also humor and hope.

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