, Newburyport, MA


November 15, 2013

Together again


Exit Dance Theatre will present two works, including a duet called “Trapped,” which company co-founder Fontaine Dubus has described as “about being stuck in a confined space with someone.”

“The duet is danced by Wendy Hamel and Karl Granoth,” Dubus said. “They choreographed it together, through a process of improvisation. It’s to a Bjork song. It’s edgy and fun to watch.”

Exit’s dances often evolve in collaboration with musicians and through what Dubus calls “improvisational exploration.”

“It works well to have the dancers start out without any parameters,” she said. “There’s no rules at all. We like starting pieces that way. More often than not, we get really good ideas. Beautiful, spontaneous things come out of it.”

The second piece that Exit will perform has roots in West African dance and drumming traditions and was choreographed by Greg Coles.

“We’re based at The Dance Place in Newburyport, and Greg also teaches there,” Dubus said. “We did say, ‘Let’s do something really different that the audience probably hasn’t seen before.’”

The dance, which is five or six minutes long, also takes a lot of energy.

“It’s so cardio,” Dubus said. “It’s a killer.”

While Exit is in its 27th season, Hyperbole Dance of Marblehead was founded last year by Nikki Sell, who choreographed the three dances the company will perform this weekend.

“It’s a theatrical mix of jazz and modern,” said Sell, who studied dance at the New England Conservatory and also teaches adult classes. “There’s a narrative structure. There are often props, and there’s also often text used.”

The dances are called “The Unignorable Question,” “Annie Ever After” and “Bumps in the Night.”

“‘Annie’ has a ton of props, plus text,” Sell said. “‘Unignorable Question’ is more of an abstract piece.”

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