By Eva Dean Dance
Runs through 8.28.10
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street
by Ben Charles on 8.16.10
BOTTOM LINE: Balls, lights and dance make for an entertaining hour.
I’m not the type to go see modern dance, but for some reason UBA Bounce
caught my attention. I’ve never seen a show that promised to use giant exercise balls, so I was intrigued. What I discovered was an extremely fun show with dancers doing things that I didn’t expect. Dancers stand on balls, fly from one to another, and toss lights around the room. The company incorporates circus globes, juggling balls, Poi balls (a ball that is attached to string and swung) and bubbles: it’s all very entertaining.
The physicality of the performers is very impressive. The dancers' ability to sustain the challenges of this show is impressive, since much of the choreography did not look easy. Okay, a few pieces were less physical and worked more as eye candy. For example, the light dance sequences were neat to watch, but not the most physically demanding display of talent. But on the other hand, they break the show up nicely and are also fun to watch.
Overall, UBA Bounce
is an enjoyable show, one that is produced by the Brooklyn-based dance company Eva Dean Dance. It runs for about an hour, which is just the right amount of time. Too much longer, and it might have become old. If dancing on balls intrigues you, go see it - you’ll be entertained.
(UBA Bounce plays at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street between Rivington & Delancey, through August 28th. Remaining performances are Thursday 8/19 at 7:30pm, Thursday 8/26 at 2pm, Friday 8/27 at 5:30pm, and Saturday 8/28 at 12pm. For more information visit www.evandeandance.org. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and are available at FringeNYC.com, by calling 866.468.7619, or in person at FringeCENTRAL, located at 1 East 8th Street at 5th Avenue. There is NO LATE SEATING for Fringe NYC shows.)