Body work

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

Post-intermission, a hilarious female quartet sashays on, covered by beach towels that are dropped to reveal sparkly, silvery, and very spare bikinis, trimmed in black. To the accompaniment of “Rhode Island Is Famous for You,” these four evoke the spirits of Esther Williams, Busby Berkeley, and the Rockettes, in a low-key number choreographed by Abby Saunders.

A trio in black presents Foreign Influence, choreographed by Nikki Carrara, to the music of Cordis (“This Dies with Distance”). These dancers have white masks and pageboyed black wigs, creating a spooky, empty-eyed effect, as they partner each other in interesting ways.

In many ways, the costumes of the non-Berenger pieces seem the most memorable, underscoring the “the-ater” over the “dance.” Nonetheless, it’s worth exploring the work by local and emerging choreo-graphers “Dance-stravaganza.”

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