The Cowles Center
for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis opens this weekend.
The stage is large, but it is also versatile with respect to a variety of dance perspectives. On Friday night, James Sewell Ballet's "Adjunct Fractal," Minnesota Dance Theatre's "Rumblings" and Zenon's "Storm" showcased the expansive possibilities for group pieces. On the other hand, former Merce Cunningham dancer Jonah Bokaer's "Sage Phrase" (created for the center's namesake Sage Cowles) demonstrated that a well-choreographed intimate solo can co-exist with the high proscenium.
There were also moments that would have "wowed" no matter the venue. Tap dancer Savion Glover commanded a platform rigged to amplify every step of his rhythmic genius. New York City Ballet's Wendy Whelan and Clifton Brown of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater interpreted Jessica Lang's "Among the Stars" with poetic grace.....