DancEthos in Concert
with guests Vladimir Angelov & darlingdance
American University’s Greenberg Theater
November 16, 2013
by George Jackson
copyright 2013 by George Jackson
One difference between this and most other dance performances surfaced almost right away. Several of the regular performers haven’t the sleek body type that’s become standard. Their build is sturdy, even corpulent. Or diminutive. These dancers aren’t cast differently than the stereotypes. Another difference made itself felt only after seeing several of the 9 items on the bill. The company seems to prefer showing examples, sketches rather than choreography completed to the last detail. Real endings, satisfying conclusions tend to be absent. The cast just stops doing whatever it has been doing or suddenly sits down facing the footlights with bodies and faces proclaiming “That’s it!”. Still, there’s nothing pugnacious in the DancEthos approach. Company director Tiffany Haughn and colleagues make the audience and guest artists feel welcome to their little revolutions.