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 Post subject: Seán Curran Company
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:32 am 
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Ingenuity evident in Curran's minimalist approach
By MOLLY GLENTZER
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Seán Curran's dances make you smile and not just when the choreography is funny. Watching his company's Houston debut at the Wortham Theater Center Friday was like sitting in warm sunshine on a park bench; sometimes that's all it takes to make you glad you're alive.

Other modern-dance companies may impress with the complexity of their steps or body-banging intensity, but Curran's genius is in his witty ingenuity. How else to describe the joy of Amadinda Dances, which tricks the eye through the simplest of devices: costumes that are white in front, black in back, with red sleeves. It's minimalist choreography in the spirit of Piet Mondrian.

The dance's steps are jauntily performed but never bouncey (think of gliding two-steppers doing folk dances or aerobic exercises). But steps are secondary to the patterns Curran builds with seven bodies, as lines of dancers alternate turning front to back or raising their arms. Midway through, there's a break in the music -- Tigger Benford's softly percussive score using a boatlike wooden instrument called an amadinda -- and the dancers, standing in silhouette, pull a costume switch. The women reverse their tops; the men reverse their pants. Now the stripes become a checkerboard.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 8:26 am 
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Seeding Happiness in the Dark

by DEBORAH JOWITT
The Village Voice

Curran knows about tears and solitude. His works stress community, yet while folk-dance circles and witty chorus lines express this simply, irony creeps in. Holding someone's hand doesn't always mean "together."
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 11:30 am 
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In Curran's works, grace, companionship

By Christine Temin
Boston Globe

As a boy growing up in the Boston area, Sean Curran studied Irish step dancing. His Irish heritage also figured into his early choreography, including pieces for the company he founded in 1997. <a href=http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2005/01/24/in_currans_works_grace_companionship/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+Living+%2F+Arts+News target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Seán Curran Company
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 12:08 am 
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The Sean Curran Dance Company will be performing at the University of Washington's Meany Hall in Seattle as part of the UW World Dance Series, Thursday through Saturday, February 24-26, 2005. Live music will be provided by the Amelia Piano Trio.

R. M. Campbell previews the performance in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/212482_sean18.html

Mary Murfin Bayley in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theaterarts/2002182862_curran18.html


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 Post subject: Re: Seán Curran Company
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:48 pm 
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Seattle press reviews of the Sean Curran Dance Company with the Amelia Piano Trio at Meany Hall at the University of Washington, Thursday-Saturday, February 24-26, 2005. R. M. Campbell in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/213613_curran26q.html?searchpagefrom=1&searchdiff=3

Mary Murfin Bayley in the Seattle Times:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theaterarts/2002190360_curran26.html


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Another op’nin’, another show: Dances without story don’t cut it
by ELIZABETH ZIMMER for the Village Voice

... a row of "footlights" upstage never lets us forget that this is "theater," making it difficult to care about the dancers working so hard to entertain us.

published: June 28, 2005
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