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Timecode Break – Toronto Dance Theatre – Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House

April 2, 2008

Once again we decided to hope against hope that a dance piece could be made that successfully combined dance and video (recent failures including “Electric Counterpoint” and the wretched Shen Yun show in January) and hopped down to the Royal Opera House tonight to see the Toronto Dance Theatre’s “Timecode Break.” Thankfully, the video can be almost completely ignored, and is often merely an ambient backdrop or even a colored hanging. While the movement  on the video feed occasionally mirrored (deliberately out of synch or even backwards) the dancers’ movements, and at one point produced a long emotional sequence (do the dancers all really touch and kiss each other like the screen was showing? intriguing to say the least) that seemed well suited to the “dreamers” laying on the stage, it never really overshadowed it like so many video sequences do.

This is a good thing, because Toronto Dance Theater is an insanely energetic troupe that really deserves full audience attention. Jumping straight up from a squat, landing on one foot then falling backwards, doing a leaping spin into a crouched roll, they set high standards for punishing movement. I was really caught up by their energy, and it was also great to see such good dancers for once performing in “good” costumes – tank tops and cut-off workout pants that completely failed to distract from the bodies in motion on the stage and even enhanced them. The dance seemed to be varying a bit between group and solo work, but mostly stayed with the group, and while I found their movement interesting (and a fresh relief to some very silly modern dance), it did actually start to drag a bit, which is sad in a one hour piece. That said, I did enjoy the show and would recommend it as a good chance to see a very strong group of performers.