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Review: JUNK

Brian Sanders in partnership with Dance Place created JUNK.

OMG!  On Wednesday evening, the Center Stage at the Reston Community Center-Hunters Woods presented an amazing program of imaginative choreography executed by dancers who at times seemed to defy gravity.  It is no surprise that Brian Sanders was influenced by Moses Pendleton, one of the founding members of Pilobolus and creator of the fabulous MOMIX, where Sanders spent ten years as a choreographer and performer.

 JUNK is anything but!  The creative use of ordinary objects, i.e., metal trash cans, scooters, “slip ‘n’slide”, and even doors by this talented troupe was exhilarating.  The second half of the progam began with the dancers entering wearing water bottles that became very effective tap shoes.  JUNK defies description; you must experience it firsthand.  It was gratifying to see so many young dancers and potential dancers in the audience.

Brian Sanders, in partnership with Dance Place, presented some extremely talented dancers (Jerrica Blankenship, Theodore Fatscher, Laura Jenkins, John Luna, Chelsea B. Punty, Billy Robinson, Tommy Schimmel, and Miles Yeung) in eight mind-boggling displays of agility, dexterity, strength and courage to an appreciative audience who gave them a well- deserved and extended standing ovation. 

Terry M. Smith’s lighting design is an integral part of creating the precise environment to evoke the moods of each piece. 

All I can say is “wow,” and I am sorry if you missed it.

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