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March 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Mark Haim at On the Boards: noteworthy

Arts writer Michael Upchurch caught Mark Haim‘s show at On the Boards, and has this to say:

The contrast between the two halves of Seattle dancer/choreographer Mark Haim’s “X2,” which had its debut at On the Boards on Thursday, couldn’t be sharper. While the closing half is a steady-pulsed exercise in zany incremental changes (performed entirely at walking pace), the opening half is a testing ground for different moves at different speeds unfurling under different lighting effects.

Haim’s dancers are impressive, especially Jim Kent and Jody Kuehner in an extended slow-motion acrobalancing duet, and Beth Graczyk in an intricate solo where she pushes first tentatively, then angrily against her own physical limits. In one high-speed sequence, the dancers outdo themselves, not just with the crack timing of their moves but with their memory-work as, with unlikely props in hand, they create wave after wave of brief sharp images. “X2” is a must-see.

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