By Jennifer Lee Carrell
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Orts Theatre of Dance ushered in summer in its
traditional al fresco manner, performing the annual "Orts in the Park
After Dark" concert in the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid
Park last weekend.
This year, the company was joined by guests from
Semaphor Danceworks of Phoenix.
The highlight of a fine evening of dance
was the premiere of an excerpt from Neurosporatic, a full-evening work of
aerial dance being choreographed by Orts artistic director Anne Bunker and
company member Matthew Henley. (The complete piece is due to premiere in
Using a vertical box-shaped trapeze suspended above a
second horizontal rectangular trapeze, Bunker and Henley created spare, often
breathtaking compositions made from multiple bodies with no apparent fealty to
The clutter that has marred a few other recent works
here dissolved into elegant simplicity.
Charles Thompson's "Onadark" danced martial
arts into powerful unison, injecting the movement through reverberating
techno-music by Juno Reactor.