Form and Fixation consists of two distinct dance/movement pieces ("Reverie" and "Blue(dot)Political"), both of which are too abstract and take themselves too seriously to really connect with the audience.
While the dancers are capable, Lisa Emmons and Mayumi Lashbrook in particular, their performances are not grounded in a deeper emotional understanding of what they are doing. This could have been a helpful entry-point for the audience to understand the fractured "Reverie", and to buy into the narrative of "Blue(dot)Political". Technical proficiency is always less important than the ability to communicate clearly.
This collective of creators has a lot to say, but the expression of their ideas is fractured and opaque. James Farrington gives a dramaturgical introduction to each piece; these introductions unfortunately presuppose a clarity and emotional impact that isn't delivered in the performances themselves.
The second piece in particular suffers from a mismatch of description and reality, as Farrington praises the collaborative work of the various designers and creators, but the performance demonstrates an overabundance of competing ideas.
There is too much pre-recorded text, too many disparate symbols, and too many costume changes, especially when the costumes themselves, though visually interesting, force the dancers to pause and fiddle with zippers and buttons.
Although this is a minor fault compared to the larger structural and storytelling issues, "If I Had a Heart" is a particularly bad choice of music for a show like this: the theme song for a TV show already comes with visual and emotional associations, and is guaranteed to distract anyone who recognizes it.
Form Contemporary Dance Theatre obviously has ambition and a great deal of creative energy, but they desperately need a strong editorial eye to rein in their tendency to overcomplicate and obscure their art.
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