I’ve been thinking about posting something abo…

I've been thinking about posting something about Grupo de Rua ever since I saw the show on Friday night. Now that I've read Josh's review, I feel compelled to. I can safely say that H3 was one the best things I've ever seen - at OtB or anywhere else. I LOVED it. And I actually wouldn't describe myself as a huge appreciator of contemporary dance. In fact, I was kind of dreading it. But I was absolutely mesmerized from start to finish.

I don't want to do a point-by-point rebuttal to Josh's review (this is, after all, your guys' forum, not mine). And he's right: it's not a perfect show. There were moments when the lack of narrative and the absence of music made it hard to find something to hold onto (note, though, that it's not silent throughout - and even in the silences, you're hearing the sounds of these powerful dancers - their sneakers hitting the ground, their bodies meeting each other. It's a soundtrack, for sure.) Still, it was full of skill and honesty, and that's the best thing I can say about any piece of art. The famous theatre director Peter Brook was once asked what he looks for in actors. He answered "Heart, and art." These boys have both, for miles. See it if you can. (And then come back here and tell us who you agree with!)

- Holly A.
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