For years artists have bravely performed with the ballistics of balls and have awed audiences. Jugglers, rhythmic gymnasts, and street performers entertain with the suspense of dropping the ball. Welcome UBA bounce to this group of performers! UBA Bounce’s performance, however, is like watching the 3D movie version of the other performances- more eye popping color, speedy unexpected acrobatic feats and of course, chaotic challenges of controlling unpredictable balls. UBA bounce dancers interact with the balls as if they are fellow dancers. Each ball is personified and possesses its own quality and quirks. Yes, Eva Dean’s UBA Bounce is an innovative and ingenious idea- she is absolutely breaking boundaries with balls.
Appropriate for the lazy, sweaty days of summer, the balls do not bounce during the performance, but rather roll and relax like they are vacationing in the Hamptons away from the bustling bounce of the city. A variety of balls appear amongst five dancers in ten works choreographed by Eva Dean and you question who controls the movement: the ball or the dancer?
Of my favorite pieces, Pearl showcases the sophisticated skill of Dean’s choreography. Dean and Zoe Schieber dance with two other pearl balls that adopt the persona of Charlotte’s “Sex and the City” Park Ave personality. The fluidity and harmonized movement created the allusion of synchronized swimming.
Continuing with the water theme, Bounce Surfing channels the audience to an aquarium in three parts. In “Wave,” George Hirsh and his counterpart, a blue buoyant ball, bring the audience into waves with watery, continuous flux. While in “Dolphin” the ensemble cast mimics the playful, fluent movement of dolphins. Like the spectacular at Sea World, dancers flip and balance balls with the agility and grace of dolphins that are always awarded with a huge splash of applause. The final section, “Surfing,” brought me immediately to the tobogganing penguin exhibit. The slippery silver balls propel the dancers across the stage and back demonstrating the dancers’ teamwork throughout a piece of slipping and sliding fun.
In Bounce 09, UBA acts as the main character of the work as a big, bright orange ball. A kaleidoscope meteor shower of color from supporting actor balls bring the dancers into a Wonka Land experience where bubbles and carefree play transform the stage into a playground.
The final piece, Samba Poi, utilizes twirling, psychedelic neon light poi balls that immediately transport the audience into the Latin flavor nightlife of Miami Beach. The sexy samba dance along with the glowing lights is like watching a tropical festivity along the palm tree lined Ocean Drive.
Throughout the performance I marvel at the dancer’s strength, control, and especially their balance. Ms. Shieber seems to never touch the ground, constantly balancing and walking on the ball like a tight ropewalker. The dancers’ work with the ball is like a full fitness regime in itself! If anyone has exercised using a physio ball, you know it is a killer ab workout!! The abs of the UBA Dancers definitely give Jessica Biel’s Hollywood washboard abs some serious competition.
Join UBA Bounce in a spectacular show where dancers and balls impress and excite your expectations and imaginations. iDANZ Critix Corner
UBA Bounce continues to perform at Dixon Place on:
THUR 19 @ 7:30 pm
THUR 26 @ 2:00 pm
FRI 27 @ 5:30 pm
SAT 28 @ NOON
Photography by Yi-Chun Wu
Official Dance Review by Katie Gibson
Performance: Eva Dean's UBA Bounce
Choreographer: Eva Dean
Venue: Dixon Place
Show Date: Sunday, August 15, 2010
iDANZ Critix Corner
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