Tentacle Tribe gets in the zone in Ghost

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Ghost | Tentacle Tribe | The Cultch | February 12 – 15, 2020

In the silent darkness of the stage, six dancers breath as one. The lights come up and their energy is passed from one dancer to the next, a ripple that moves among them. Dressed in white and beige cargo pants or shorts with lace accents (by Rosalie Lemay), the ensemble dances to an evocative score full of catchy beats and clever compositions by Samuel Nadai. The group’s popping, locking, breaking and smooth melding of street and contemporary styles is their signature.

One of the most memorable moments is the duet between company founders and choreographers Emmanuelle Le Phan and Elon Hoglund with their intuitive partnering, impressively detailed contact work, and precision. Another memorable scene has the dancers dressed in black sweats over their outfits with balloons stuffed into the hoods, the comedic scene shows off their house hip hop skills while breaking up the more serious content.

The choreography from Le Phan and Hoglund is both original and striking. The detailed formations, contact, and ensemble work looks effortless from this group of talented dancers as they evoke collective inhalations and exhalations. The show’s title references a state of being in which an artist is in the zone or “catching the ghost.”

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