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Author:  Poohtunia [ Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:36 am ]
Post subject:  "C'opera"

Site drives the stories in 'C'opera'
A superior work of choreography and music plays off its loaded setting: the L.A. Police Academy
By Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
February 11, 2006
It's the final scene of "C'opera," a fusion of movement and music that could have been cooked up only by Heidi Duckler, artistic director of L.A.-based Collage Dance Theatre, and her sister Merridawn Duckler, who also wrote the libretto.
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"Code A. Moving Violation" featured Chris Stanley cavorting with a heavy bag while two police training films were shown. Singer Catherine Hay, clad in cop garb (costumes by Ryan Heffington), warbled to six recruits, demanding "full attention."
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A bit of surreal serenity arrived with "Code B. Mr. and Ms. Demeanor" as Duckler led the audience through the watery rock garden.
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Shots pierced the night as dancers slithered downward. Rising, they quivered only to fall again, executed souls populating a tortured tableau.

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