Less, in this case, would have been more for Koresh Dance Company in their recent season at Pace University (February 6-7). The Israeli-born Ronen (Roni) Koresh is the choreographer of all the works, there were seventeen listed, though it’s not clear if all were shown since there were no pauses other than the intermission. Bolero (2012) choreographed to Maurice Ravel’s one-movement orchestral piece of the same name, closed the program. Maybe they saved the best for last, OK, but this may have been a bit unfair. There are many iterations of Bolero, and arguably this is one to see. Especially noteworthy is Koresh’s mixing and mingling of bodies for a one or three-person tango and the cyclical dancing in and out of the smoky dark stage; appearing from nowhere. Nonetheless, although there was some lovely dancing, the program was terribly long and nearly all the works were repetitive and in the end, predictable.
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