Not An Ordinary Dance

By: Darnisha Dunning

On April 2, 2019, the Andersson Dance and Sottish Ensemble performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing.

I think it was interesting to see how the group used objects in their performance. It gives the dance and music an element of surprise. In most music and dance performance most, people just use their bodies to tell the story, but in this performance, they used objects to tell portray their stories. When I went into this performance I kind of knew what to expect because of the small preview displayed in class. Even after seeing the small clips I still expected somewhat of a more tradition performance with pointed toes and gracefully hand gestures. Andersson Dancer have their own form of dance they played more into the beats and having fun with the music. They dancer did not look as if they were trying too hard to emprise the audience’s members.

 In the dance and the items on stage I did not see one story because of the different version of the songs and movement, each version was different. There was so much going on the stage it sometimes was hard to follow along with the story line. I honestly think the entire performance was brave because of their out of the box elements. With the musicians I think it was a great idea to include them in the dance. One does not see a lot of the musicians dances they usually sit in the back in watch and play their instruments.


 At the start of the performance the entire crew gathers on stage, they started to dance one by one but then they all started to dance to get and have fun with the movement. There were some laughing moments when the group changed to another version. Also, when the group was dancing, they all seem to enjoy what they were doing.

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