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    L-R: Cori Marquis, Deborah Lohse, Donnell Oakley in lmno3:BANGS
    Photo by Whitney Browne
    L-R: Cori Marquis, Deborah Lohse, Donnell Oakley

    The Power of Three

    LMnO3 Lights Up Joe's Pub with B.A.N.G.S.: Made in America


    If DanceNow has a core strength, it is probably connection. The wild melanges of performers and styles it puts together, and pulls off, lead to stronger animals like LMnO3. If human evolution takes thousands of years, and species evolution takes hundreds of thousands, DanceNow evolutions take, um, 3. Donnell Oakley, Deborah Lohse and Cori Marquis came into DanceNow as talented individuals doing their own thing and evolved into LMnO3, a group on a mission to change the world — one evening-length show at a time.

    Choreography by: Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, Donnell Oakley.
    Dancers: Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, Donnell Oakley.
    Sound design by: Matt Stine and Justin Levine.
    Costumes by: LMnO3 and Linda Turner, Oana Botez consulting.
    Lighting design by: Lauren Parrish.
    Video short: Deborah Lohse.
    Pixelator: Kendall Rumph.

    Related links: DanceNow
    DanceNow at Joe's Pub
    February 12 and 13, 2016

    Heads are still spinning, thinking about how much went onstage in B.A.N.G.S.: made in America. These three think in hyperdrive, much quicker than normal humans. It's not just the dancing, or the acting, or the lip-synching; the flux speed of their performance leaves audience thought-drenched, processing what they just saw while their eyes hold on to what is happening now.

    B.A.N.G.S. is a kaleidoscopic spectacle of moving parts, but it manages to pack 9 or 10 segments into a bit more than an hour without feeling frenetic. The flow is impressive, given how much is packed into each segment. Costumes and wigs are the main props, but props go to the sound design of Matt Stine and Justin Levine, the lighting design of Lauren Parrish and the short video by Deborah Lohse. This is a tight package all around.

    when the little black dress gets to be too much in lmno3:BANGS
    Photo by Whitney Browne
    when the little black dress gets to be too much

    Razor-sharp humor is the main weapon here. Things that make you go hmm are the main target, with the female mind and body as the battleground. Conflicting expectations, role-playing, cognitive dissonance, uncontrollable urges, power and passivity are some of the overlapping themes. Voiceovers, movie/TV dialog, pop songs, iconic dancemusic, gameshows and fake Q and A are some of the tools.

    Highlights are: the dance for the ludicrous Ludacris song "Move, Bitch", that has the 3 in short skirts and tiny purses, being compliant, fierce and hungry in a hurricane of mixed messages; Deb Lohse's short film for "Shine my Little Light" that gives the source of human life its due and uses light and humor to cut through the dreary; the quick adlibs of the interpretive dance gameshow (Lohse and Marquis); and the very successful bootyshorts-and-fur-vests striptease, immediately followed by a matter-of-fact topless Q and A session that is even more of a tease.

    ladies on a role in lmno3:BANGS
    Photo by Whitney Browne
    ladies on a role

    Many B.A.N.G.S. will fly right over many audience heads, depending on the material and the heads, but it's a safe bet that plenty will connect, too, leaving every head a little banged up, possibly dizzy, and definitely fuller.

    FEBRUARY 14, 2016

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