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Comments by MadameMM

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Posted on April 18 at 5:55 p.m.

Were my friend and I the only ones who saw a mediocre performance on Sunday afternoon? Often the dancers were not in sync with one or more coming in a beat too late. More than several times, with both male and female dancers, a one-legged stance meant faltering on the standing leg, practically doing a jig to stay in place. Male dancers were paired badly causing complete imbalance. The choreography looked cliched, with a few exceptions during the "Revelations" piece. The final dance of that section, however, resembled a Kara Walker silhouette without the irony.
Of course they received a standing ovation. Santa Barbarans will stand for the opening of an envelope, sadly demonstrating that we still see ourselves as provincial and undiscerning.

On Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Arlington

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