Dance is fusion. From the joining of body and mind to the union of kinetics and expression to Sean Kingston getting his fire burning on the dance floor, dance is what you call two becoming one to the sound of music.
In Off Center Dance Project's latest series, In Your Face, unholy unions and orchestrated discord are the names of the game. According to the Off Center website, In Your Face will deliver choreographed dances ranging in style and theme from "abstract postmodernism to Alice in Wonderland meets steampunk."
In Your Face features fresh works from guest choreographer Julie Petry, as well as company newcomer Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill. In all, performances from six choreographers will be presented.
One of them, Katie Ponozzo, returns to choreograph the Wonderland rendition "Looking Glass," which draws inspiration from the steampunk genre and Lewis Carroll's Alice works set to music by Florence and the Machine.
The event doesn't just span dance themes and expressions: It embraces social media to encourage participation from the audience. The series' titular dance, created by Artistic Director Kelli Brown, co-opts the audience into designing the dance during the show using postings on Facebook.
In Your Face goes down Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at Boise Contemporary Theater. Tickets cost $10-$17 in advance and $12-$20 at the door. If contemporary dance excites you, In Your Face can open doors and Web browsers, and help you peer through the looking glass into the art's promise.