In addition to the guest groups, company member Shauna Edson premiers her first choreographed piece, titled Snooze, based on the frustration of hitting a snooze button when you need to get up in the morning but keep falling back into dreams, some pleasant, some not-so-pleasant. This dance, to a sound-track of Dvorak, Berlioz, and Handel, is humorous but also illuminates the vicious cycle of anxieties that alarm clocks instill in those who must live by them.
Untitled Quartet, by Tovah Bodner Muro, to “Handcuffs,” by Brand New, is skillfully performed and evocatively portrayed by four students from the Jacqueline M. Walsh school. Shannon Norquist ’s Joie de Vivre uses eight dancers from the private school, Masters Regional Academy, and is set to the music of Michael Nyman. With leaps of joy and hands pressed to hearts, the dancers convey the simple message of the title.
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