November 25, 2011
Reviewed by Paula Citron
Break It Down/Enter the Shadow: The life of a b-boy
Choreographed by Lee Pham and Jon Reid
Choreographed by Ofilio Portillo and Apolonia Velasquez
Fleck Dance Theatre
Nov. 24 to 27, 2011
Harbourfront is really trying to bring hip-hop into a formal theatre setting with an urban dance double bill.
Enter the Shadow at the Enwave is the story of the struggles of a b-boy crew on their way to a competition. Lee Pham and Jon Reid wrote the script with playwright Ins Choi. They also did the choreography and star in the show.
It’s rough and ready, using video to tell us the inner feelings of a crew, interspersed with dynamic b-boy moves. The show is entertaining, and the dancers are talented, but it needs an experienced director to give a dash of professionalism.
At the Fleck, Gadfly, under choreographer/dancers Ofilio Portillo and Apolonia Velasquez, is a class act and top of the line urban contemporary dance.
Klorofyl, inspired by the film The Seven Samurai, focuses on eight diverse dancers who bond together to become something greater than themselves.
The b-boy double bill continues at the Enwave and Fleck Theatres until Nov. 27.