Andersson Dancers And Violinists

By: Jeffery Berry

A page from the Andersson Dance And Scottish Ensemble Program

As I watched the dancers and violinist perform on stage of the Colwell Playhouse, all I could think was, “What is going on?” However, not in a negative tone but out of curiosity. I was intrigued at how unorthodox this performance was. It was certainly something I have never seen before, and I gladly admit that I enjoyed it.

The stage before the performance began

As the Andersson dancers began to dance to the classical music played by the Scottish ensemble, they danced with certain movements at a certain pace. These were called “Goldberg Variations.” If the violinist played a soft and slow paced tune, the dancers dance very elegantly. If the ensemble played at very fast pace with more staccato notes, the dancers matched the tempo with quick body movements that were somewhat hysterical to the audience. But that isn’t the best part. The ensemble periodically joined in on the Andersson dancing as well! It was amazing to watch. Everyone on stage interacted with each other during the performance. The dancers danced in unison, as well as free flowingly. The use of props added more comedy to the already humorous dancing. The audience provided immediate feedback with joyful laughter and loud applauses.

The program and ticket to the show

This show was one of the weirdest and most intriguing performances I’ve ever been to at the Krannert Center. I had no idea of what was going on which made me even more interested in watching. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who is interested in comedy and dance. This would definitely be the perfect show. I would not mind seeing this again. It was very amusing to see unorthodox dancing and classical music come together in such a manner as tonight’s performance.

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