The performance by Koresh Dance Company at the Egg in Albany this past Friday, October 21, captivated the audience’s attention tremendously.
With their eccentric, intense and natural interpretations of famous compositions of composers such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Ravel, the dancers were nothing shy of amazing.
There were many features of the performance that were simple, yet aesthetically pleasing. The choice of music was interesting, as it constantly interchanged between upbeat tempos and more mellow beats.
The choice of costume was simple, typically consisting of black clothing of little extravagance; however, it still allowed the audience to fully indulge in all of the movements that were being created on stage.
The lighting was also very particular and generated all types of emotions from the audience.
The use of the fully lit stage in some pieces was drastically contrasted from pieces that had the stage only half lit, an example being the piece called “Baylor.” The most captivating aspect of the show was the ability for the dancers to create distinct lines and shapes within their choreography.
Each movement was extremely complex, with every movement a shape was created that could be clearly defined to the audience. It was exactly these precise movements that allowed the audience to be so actively engaged throughout the entirety of the performance.
It is a huge accomplishment to say that not once did a single piece ever become boring or uninteresting. Each piece was so intense at times that it almost seemed as though the audience had no reaction.
However, this was quite the contrary. The audience was so hyper-focused on the performance at hand, that reactions in a sense seemed delayed. A single performance would end and the audience would take a few moments to realize that the piece had finished and then process that it was time to cheer for the dancers.
Seeing the performance at the Egg was fascinating. Watching the dancers perform live on stage instead of watching a recorded performance on video created a completely different perspective on the overall piece.
Watching the Koresh Dance Company perform in person is a must. When watching the same dancers on television or on the internet, the appreciation for dance is not captured to its fullest or done nearly enough justice as if a live performance was being viewed.
The Koresh Dance Company is such a refreshing organization of talented dancers that anybody would be eager and fortunate to see perform.