Thaddeus Davis, principal in the Wideman-Davis Dance Company and choreographer of Breaking the Barrier’s Mass Hysteria, shares tips on how to take in this moving art form.
Face it: most of us are lucky that no one watches us when we dance. That’s not the case for the student performers in USC’s Dance Company. Most danced their way through elementary school and grades thereafter and have mastered turning even the simplest movement into something beautiful. In performing Breaking the Barrier, which opened Tuesday night at Drayton Hall Theatre, the all-female cast will need those skills.
That’s because Breaking the Barrier is composed of five stunning, but very different works, each choreographed by a different artist. Bushache Etude, for example, recreates a ritual dance of the Bushongo people of the former Belgian Congo while Paper Wings asks dancers to perform parts of the work with little or no accompaniment.
Because watching dance can often be as much as a challenge as dancing itself, we asked Thaddeus Davis, assistant professor of contemporary dance at USC, principal in the Wideman-Davis Dance Company and choreographer of Breaking the Barrier’s Mass Hysteria, for a few tips on how to take in this moving art form.