Louvre performed its spring show this past Saturday and Sunday, in an effort that reminisced on the past and shared the group’s passion and choreography with an fortunate audience. The 13-member contemporary dance group displayed 12 pieces, all choreographed by a different member with a different feel and message.
The theme was a creative form of transition that also kept the audience entertained; watching each video of the dancers as young girls in their poofy tutus or sparkly neon outfits was also an adorable way to show their passion for and dedication to dancing.
Having said that, the theme merely extended to the time in between the dances rather than to the dances themselves. This may have been on purpose, though having seen their fall show where the performances fell into themed emotions, I couldn’t help but compare.
I was in love with their last show; I felt every emotion I was supposed to and felt as though every dance had a message I was supposed to receive and did. I am not making a negative comment, per say, though I did find that, for some of the numbers, I was left searching for the connection to the theme or to a message involving the emotions of the piece and the chosen music.
That aside, there were a couple of pieces that stood out to me and really stole my heart. “Face the Sun,” choreographed by first-year Alina Mueller, was a piece that, despite a bitter sweet message, felt light and airy. The choreography, the red dresses, and the music created a piece that touched the heart and brought you into the story they were trying to tell.
“Til’ It Happens To You,” choreographed by first-year Alexa Courtepatte, was one of my favorites, mostly due to the fact that there is already a strong, prevalent, and painful message behind the song, and the dance matched it beautifully. A tear or two came to my eyes, and I know I wasn’t the only one as the women moved through sorrow, pain, and struggle as they fought for strength.
Another piece I enjoyed was “Runnin,’” choreographed by first-year Remiah Sundine; it was exactly what I imagined a piece would be to the song, and the combination kept me mesmerized until the very end.
Lastly, I thought that “Latch,” choreographed by sophomore Lydia Currie, was a fun and powerful ending to a show that brought out the feels. The confidence that radiated from every performer on that floor was contagious and left me wanting more.
Every dancer in Louvre breathes a little easier through each piece, and you can see it in every move they make, leg they kick, and leap they take.