Gray Matter is a show that combines modern dance and Descartes’s philosophy, a strange combination. However, it was well executed and is an interesting performance.
The Southern Theater is the perfect venue for this show, the crumbling arch above the stage fit the mood of the show. Lighting was also a big part of the mood, usually remaining bluish and in half light, sometimes becoming brighter and yellower. At this point it was also interesting to watch the shadows of the dancer on the walls.
The philosophy portion was musings about Descartes’s famous “I think therefore I am” theory accompanied by a single dancer in a spotlight. I thought the dancers were very talented. The six dancers came on and off the stage, sometimes just pairs would dance together and then others would join them.
Adding a philosophical part to the show was interesting idea, however it was unclear how that fit in with the rest of the show. The transitions between only dance and the word sections can be jarring at times. Although this is not an absolute must see show, if you enjoy dance it is very enjoyable. The show is also short, running under the fifty minute cut off.
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