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  •  REVIEW: AARON MCGLOIN: LAMINA

    Nik Owens grabbing (left), AJ Pflumm (right) lifted by other dancers in Aaron McGloin: Lamina
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    Nik Owens grabbing (left), AJ Pflumm (right) lifted by other dancers

    Layered Relationships

    Aaron McGloin Dance shows Lamina at the New Triskelion Space

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com

    There is something deeply sexy about Aaron McGloin Dance's Lamina. Full-throated movement and emotional drama meet in the right place, apparently.

      
    AARON MCGLOIN: LAMINA
    Choreography by: Aaron McGloin, Kathry "Nusa" Logan and dancers.
    Dancers: Zachary Denison, Alexandria Giroux, Nik Owens, A.J. Pflumm, Colin Ranf.
    Costumes by: Aaron McGloin.
    Lighting design by: Aaron McGloin.
     SCHEDULE
    Triskelion Muriel Schulman Theater
    March 12-15, 2015

    As in other pieces Aaron McGloin has choreographed, the dynamics between men and women, or men and one woman, are as interesting and complex as the dynamics between the men. This version has four men and one woman, and the combination works beautifully. Alexandria Giroux has, or shows, toughness and vulnerability in equal measure, and in a male, decidedly different way, Zachary Denison, Nik Owens, A.J. Pflumm and Colin Ranf do, too. Owens becomes and remains the focal point of all, alternately lighting rod and punching bag, and even he is ultimately fragile, possibly.

    McGloin makes excellent musical choices — often funky, earthy and propulsive, to match and drive the movement. Lamina opens on all dancing together, as a tough tribe, all for one and one for all. From there, different duos or groupings take turns riffing on the theme of aggression/rejection and connection/accommodation as equal parts to a relationship.

    L-R: Zachary Denison, Alexandria Giroux, Nik Owens, Collin Ranf (front), AJ Pflumm in Aaron McGloin: Lamina
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    L-R: Zachary Denison, Alexandria Giroux, Nik Owens, Collin Ranf (front), AJ Pflumm

    There is humor in some of the harshness, especially in the duet of Ranf and Denison, though the two play it straight and betray nothing facially. Much of Owens' solo is riveting; he moves so fluidly and flexibly for a heavily muscled man. Each of the groupings and dancers has their own personality, and all are open to interpretation depending on audience perspective.

    Pflumm plays the junior role, possibly, and is the one who ends up flown/held aloft by the others at times. And Owens plays the leader, who all the others look up to and assail in equal measure. The final interaction between Giroux and Owens has her running at him with increasing violence, until both tumble to the floor and he stays there, as the rest slowly pile on and together in concern or solidarity.

    [editor note] The new Triskelion theater feels good, though it is a bit harder to get to than the old. Leave some extra travel time, especially if you're trying to see both sides of a Split Bill show.

    MARCH 29, 2015
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