Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow White

Photo: Daniel Perez

One of the most delightful hours of all-ages entertainment I have ever seen on a stage, Company XIV's Snow White is the kind of magical enterprise that could make a person of any age fall in love with dance and with theatre. The Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary troupe, who've been getting attention for bawdy, "mature audiences only" works (like Le Serpent Rouge), have made a foray into family-friendly dance theatre that is sure to mesmerize and transport all who attend. Miraculously, it holds the wee ones in rapt attention without condescending to them, surely exposing many of them for the first time to baroque-derived and classical ballet dance, to mask work, to shadow puppet theatre, to a variety of music from Louis Armstrong to Bellini's La Sonnambula. What holds them is the same thing that holds adults - the integrity of every element of the presentation conspiring to make striking stage pictures that delight the imagination while telling the oft-told story. I'm sorry I didn't have any chance to see this earlier than now; it would have made my list as one of the best shows of the year.

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