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Dance review: Frontier's short works are more polished than last year's

Published on May 11, 2014 11:48 AM
Preview of a dance show, Sides, by contemporary dance company Frontier Danceland. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

This iteration of Frontier Danceland's Sides, the company's annual platform for short works, was definitely a more polished product than its first edition last year.

The triple-bill of half-hour pieces at the School of the Arts Studio Theatre last Friday highlighted the amazing physical condition of the company's artists, as well as the choreographic potential of its dancers.

Unfortunately, the night opened with the weakest piece of the three, Noa Zuk's After Chorus. The Israeli choreographer explored rituals, gestures and language through the pairing of nonsense syllables and movement.

The dancers moved and vocalised simultaneously; A bird-like twittering of "ti ti ti ti" was accompanied by a sharp, small gestures, while a "dak dak dak ummm" was three thrusts of the arm followed by a stretch.

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