Imagine Memorial Gym filled with mosh pits, Snuggies, Mozart and Julia Child. What sounds like a strange combination made for a memorable Terp winter show. Terp performed dances that ranged from emotionally captivating to quirky and light-hearted while conveying a sense of artistry you can expect from a Terp show.
Opening the show was a special guest performance by Gaelic Fire, a Celtic dance group in its infancy. Wearing purple t-shirts with a gold Celtic knot design, Gaelic Fire danced in formations, looped around each other and high-stepped.
“Lampooning Social Spheres,” choreographed by sophomore Mark Farrell, blasted punk music with dancers crashing into each other, forming a small mosh pit. As the mosh pit raged on, one by one, two dancers fell to the ground. After the mosh pit exited off stage, a lone dancer holding a mop cleaned the stage and checked on the two fallen dancers. Later on, as the mosh pit continued, the dancer who was cleaning entered— this time with a sword in hand. The cleaning person then slashed and stabbed the moshers. However original it was to see a cleaning person go medieval on some moshers with a sword, the dance was too bizarre for my liking.
The next dance “In the Beginning,” choreographed by junior Katie Walker, was upbeat and high-energy with plenty of jumps and twirls throughout. The combination of the song choice “In the Beginning” by K’naan and the alacrity of the dancers was enough to make the worst of cynics smile.
“Format It” featured a variety of dance styles from stepping to krumping to isolations. After yelling “So, it’s time for us to get down,” the dancers stepped and clapped with so much force that their hands were visibly red. They were obviously having a good time and the crowd responded with cheers and catcalls throughout the performance.
“Bon Appetit” by Kate LaRose is best described as cutesy quirky, just like the inspiration for the dance, Julia Child. Julia Child’s voice played throughout on how to “make the perfect omelet.” Dancers dressed in black and white followed Julia Child’s instructions and enacted the cracking of eggs and sizzling, drawing laughs from the audience. In the end, a dancer in a great imitation of Julia Child said “bon appétit” and was dragged away.
“The pas(ssed)t is pas(t)sed” by sophomore Jamie White and dancers featured “Corner of Your Heart” by Ingrid Michaelson. The dancers were very emotive with their sweeping movements to a heart-breaking song.
“Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy” featured dancers in Snuggie-like outfits dancing to “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit, remixed by DJ Quas. The silly outfits combined with equally silly faces and movements had the audience laughing throughout the piece.
The dance “What’s Done Will Soon Undo” featured the melody to “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” rewritten with new words and sung by Kate LaRose. At first, four dancers, each with a different color shirt, moved slowly and frequently dragged themselves on the ground, enacting a very sad rainbow. However, after the song ended, “Dreams” by Brandi Carlile played, marking a more upbeat point in the dance. Dancers would partner up to dance and at one point, arched to illustrate a rainbow.
“mozART?” had dancers wearing yellow and pink tutus with yellow and pink streamers from their wrists. While dancing to one of Mozart’s pieces, dancers would twirl, tumble backwards, and frequently elicit laughter from the audience with their frivolous expressions and actions.
“Scream” was by first-time choreographer junior Kylee Norville to “Scream” by Michael Jackson. Dancers wore red glittery blindfolds and red and yellow caution tape, each having words like “war,” “AIDS,” “greed,” “rape,” and “angst” scrawled across their backs. This was one of my favorite dances as dancers criss-crossed between each other. Overall, this was a high-energy performance that captured my attention throughout.
“Kiss Kiss” by Emily Berkson, danced to “De temps en temps” by Josephine Baker, as it sounds, was a flirtatious dance. I loved the mix-matched and colorful socks worn by the dancers. They looked like they were having fun in the process.
“As we grow older” featured two dancers, senior Katie Nellett and sophomore Erin McKinstry, who danced to “Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby” and “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap. These two songs interchanged through the piece, changing the mood. While dancing in sync and often times balancing on a bench, this duet by Nellett and McKinstry was masterfully done.
The finale of the Terp show was “We’re kind of the most important PEOPLE,” bringing out all dancers from the show. Danced to “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis, students had a taste of this when a flash mob appeared and danced this routine in the Caf last week. Overall, the Terp show had a fascinating mix of dances and styles. I can’t wait for what they have in store for next term.