Dynamos

By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 18, 2008

Enemy Behind the Gates translated the big orchestral minimalism of Steve Reich's The Four Sections into a rigid parade of menace. Men and women in black jackets with short flared skirts and long sleeves marched stiffly and hurled themselves into aggressive bouts of spinning. "They look like you. . . . They act like you. . . . They live like you. . . . But they are not one of you," begins a fear-mongering program note, in capital letters.

This dance has had a big success since its premiere on September 10, 2001. Programming it right now, when the nation seems ready to renounce insularity and paranoia, is a grossly uncool gesture.

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