orange grove dance
The Green Building
April 21, 2011
By Martha Sherman
Copyright © 2010 by Martha Sherman
Passion. Pain. In orange grove dance’s “Verona,” a minimalist telling of “Romeo and Juliet”, the movement and story focused entirely on those two experiences. Choreographers/dancers Colette Krogol and Matthew Reeves created a highly physical duet that evoked the emotions rather than the dramatic arc of Shakespeare’s story. They were a convincing pair of lovers with powerful chemistry and a beautiful, personal vocabulary of lifts and embraces. What the choregraphers gave us was a single dimension of these characters, without shading or subtlety; what was missing were the story and context to deepen this familiar tale.