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Breaking Ground 2015 Delivered Strong Dance and Film, But More Would Have Been Nice

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Breaking Ground serves as one window into the wider world of dance, giving local audiences a glimpse of what lies beyond local stages and today's odd assortment of dance-themed TV shows. Unfortunately, the window was relatively small this year. Last year's festival featured works by 17 artists, including Carley Conder, artistic director for CONDER/dance. This year's line-up included just 12.

Although the call for work noted that one night would be exclusively devoted to premières, only three of this year's offerings fit the bill: Bloom Inscribed, This is my Hallelujah, and Red Belt. Others had debuted previously. Still, it was an enjoyable festival.

Choreographers demonstrated a rich vocabulary of movement. Dancers delivered strong technique. Technology was well-integrated instead of feeling like an appendage glued on merely for the sake of being trendy.

Conder's own piece, choreographed in collaboration with dancers Jordan Daniels, Danielle Feinberg, Shelby Keefe, Stephanie Lebedies, and Kassidy Rogers provided thought-provoking punctuation for the end of each night's program.

Enter reflects Conder's premise that technology has become "the architect of our intimacies." Like kernels of popcorn colliding inside a bag they can't escape, or pieces being pounded in vigorous game of whack-a-mole, they dart within their symbolic cyberspace making and breaking connections that only serve to accelerate their isolation and ennui.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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