Break dancing that tells a story through music and folk art is headed to the Aronoff. This is more than just a dance show.
Olive is a wild artistic ride that throws both solos and ensembles at the audience in a one of a kind performance that is unique in many ways. Unlike other dance shows, such as Stomp, the dancing is only part of the act.
Though breaking dancing is largely a rumba of the street, this troupe is well refined and masterful. The show looks more like a Broadway act and not the usual break dancers that you see on the street. This is credited to Choreographer Raphael Xavier and Director Jamie Merwin.
The dancers work in pairs, at one point working in pairs of three and three during one movement. The expressive dance uses projected video and images on screens as part of the multimedia event, where dance is only one part of the overall environment that Olive creates.
The dancers change the mood of the show at a fast pace. The show goes from appearing as break dancers on a street corner, to acrobats, to a ballet, to Cirque du Soleil, and then back to break dancers on a street corner again.
The show is worth seeing and offers a good performance, but it isn’t for everyone. If you like dancing and want to see something that is different from anything else that you have ever seen before, than I would recommend Olive dance Theatre.
Olive Dance Theare takes the stage at the Aronoff March 19 -20. Tickets are $22.00 and $27.00. More information can be found at their web site: http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/index.jsp?eventDetail=1&event_id=1002 More information about Olive Dance Theatre can be found at their web site: http://www.danceumbrella.com/OliveDanceComp.htm