Today's side deal is a reminder of the spiritual tempest that arises in every human heart at the sight of a well-sculpted individual busting out a demi-plié. For $10, you get an upper-balcony-level seat to the Wednesday, May 5, performance of the intensely athletic Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, a $20 value. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs, vaults, and pirouettes for two action-packed hours. Pick up your tickets at least 30 minutes before the show at the will-call window.
If you imagine Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet to be a group of 16 hard-bodied dancers who fling themselves across genres and around the stage like marionettes tangled in the strings of heartbreaking passion and emotion aching to be released, then you're exactly right (lucky guess). The company of talented dancers moves to the discipline's latest international choreographies, garnering critical acclaim in spades.
- With enthusiasm shooting from lithe limbs, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet was last season’s sleeper favorite for their daring performances of Ohad Naharin’s thrilling compilation, Decadance. Under artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, who is dedicated to presenting the choreography of international innovators, Cedar Lake worked with Naharin and his improvisational gaga technique for three months. The commitment paid off. Technical feats, willful exuberance, and emotional power blew audiences away. – Lauren Kay, Dance
- Cedar Lake’s French-born director, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, has cleverly carved a niche for his company by consistently inviting European choreographers, often little known to New Yorkers, to create new work. The results aren’t always exemplary (they never are, when it comes to taking chances), but the troupe has drawn a dance-savvy audience and created a team of wonderful performers, adept at picking up different styles and always impressive in their articulation and intensity. – Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times
- It’s all very precise and chill, as if the performers were test drivers calculating the efficiency of the beautiful machines that are their bodies. – Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice