SHARPening the Focus
By Kalila Kingsford Smith
The title of SHARP Dance Company’s Four Hot Men and an Old Lady hinted at the show’s range of choreographers: four guest artists and artistic director Diane Sharp-Nachsin, who is hardly “old.” Perhaps it alluded to her long performance career in various Pennsylvania dance companies. The “four hot men,” in contrast, presented new perspectives. All works expressed kernels of insight, but two of them fully captured my attention.
Kevin Ferguson’s Awakenings presented a series of vignettes. Dressed in black and bathed in a center spotlight, the full company encircled a figure, moving their arms in unison like a slow blooming flower. They were a community, mutually supportive as the dancer took the focus with large, fluid movements...
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