A Good-Natured Gut
LS Dance Collaborative
Darwin once speculated that human emotion was the product of natural selection; gut feelings that proved to be advantageous in furthering the survival of our species. While today’s Homo sapiens have evolved to experience a nuanced array of feelings, A Good-Natured Gut harkens back to the basic roots of our emotion. Through innovative and original movement, LS Dance Collaborative explores the physicality of our fear, sadness, anger, disgust and joy. Set to a constellation of alternative rock, classical cello and spoken word, this show examines the inner workings of our hearts, heads, and guts.
"These women...seemed fully engaged. Their faces registered emotion - either internally, or in response to their dance partners, sometimes even to the presence of the audience watching them. It was refreshing to see fully human beings in motion. Because they were more emotionally engaged, so was I."-Matthew Everett, TC Daily Planet.
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Needs tightening, more dramatic constras
by Suzanne Sharrock Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
Highly recommended by a good friend, I had great hopes. I sat though it - bored, bored, bored - a few women prance through semi-poorly executed ballet/modern dance moves (charitably some of the moves by themselves were good) by no really coherent whole every emerged. Long empty pauses between pieces. Awkward moments when not sure if appluse was wanted/needed. They need more folks, more choreography, and a cellist with a some what better ear for music (unless it was really all supposed to be off -key). I love the shows really, but this one, second to last on Sunday afternoon, but seem to tire out the very small audience as well as myselfl, in contrast to say, Red Resurrected the night before which had everyone on the edge of the seats. Learn
Sunday afternoon at the Lab
by Beatrice Duculan Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I viewed the show with an open mind ready to allow myself to feel the journey with these three dancers. There are 5 segments emitting different feelings: Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Joy. The show starts with the cello music allowing the audience to focus and ground themselves to experience the show. The choice of cello music produces sadness while providing some introspection of heartache and reflections of the past, as well as, feelings of uncertainty with Tchaikovsky’s piece. Keeping in mind that each person is unique and experiences sadness in many different ways, heartache, isolation, and detachment were all well portrayed with precision by each dancer’s flowing movements, and facial expressions. The selection of music in the next segment is well-defined and it gives the performers a way to show anger with abrupt movements, as well as, pushing and pulling each other. The performance in this segment was strong, creative and well-balanced, and at times allowing the audience be transported to a different time era. The inclusion of spoken word skillfully merged with the selected music pieces brings momentum to the feelings that the dancers want the audience to feel. It enabled each dancer to express these feelings in many artistic movements which showing diversity. Spoken word brings depth to both the fear and disgust segments. The last segment is about joy, a finale which was well-executed in poise, movement, strength, and closure leaving the audience with a good warm feeling. While the performance was great, the lighting was a bit low, hindering the audiences viewing of the dancers. My overall impression of the performance: Breathtaking, creative, diverse, and heartwarming!
It's A Start
by John Munger Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Three young women from Hamline University’s Dance Program have collaborated to produce a show about major emotions such as anger, disgust, sadness, etc. They are a credit to that department. They bring pretty good dancing, and focused performance qualities. They have worked together for several years. Their mutual trust and ensemble timing is evident. They’re just getting started. The movement vocabulary still looks a lot like derivations from college technique class. Their sense of theatricality is still unformed. For example, they begin with three works about “Sadness,” none of them surprisingly inventive, which immediately pulls the tone of the show into “low.” They do best when evoking emotions rather than illustrating them. For example, the tantrum solo in “Anger” is predictable. But the separation of one dancer from the others at the end of “Disgust” is poignant.
Good technical dancers
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Three skilled dancers presented pieces that were supposed to showcase a range of human emotion. Sadly, their choreographic range was limited. There were few differences between dances about joy and those about disgust, for example. The dancers' faces were mostly expressionless throughout save for some grimaces during dances about anger.
This is a reasonable start for a young dance troupe; they clearly have talent and work well together.
saturday at the lab #2
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
this group was three recent college grads, so we gotta cut them some slack for inexperience - everybody's gonna start somewhere. one of them shows enormous promise, one slightly less so, and one might want to consider some talk rather than physical therapy to work out her demons - these girls seemed to push each other around a little too much. if you go, you can decide who is who. whenever i see "improvisation" in a dance program, i beware.
a promising start
by David Stagner Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
On the plus side, the dancers are obviously working together well as a close-knit ensemble. On the minus side, the range of emotion felt flat for what was supposed to be an exploration of emotions. There's not enough variety to the expression.
If you're already at the Lab for a day of dance and it's on the calendar, it's worth seeing. I think LS Dance Collaborative is a very promising group, and I hope to see richer, more varied work from them in the future.
Games people play
by Aseem Kaul Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
An engaging performance that combines muscular interactions and graceful solos with a dash of conceptual wit, A Good-Natured Gut is a high-octane exploration of human emotion. A show I enjoyed watching, by three young dancers/ choreographers I hope to see more work from.
The one false note in the show was the inclusion of cellist John Devereaux to provide live accompaniment. Mr Devereaux's playing was atrocious and entirely ruined two otherwise promising pieces.