Kataklo

Let me begin by saying that I am completely impressed by the physical strength displayed by the performers of Kataklo. They are all not only graceful and accomplished dancers, but phenomenally strong athletes (which should not come as a surprise since they do bill themselves as “Athletic Dance Theatre”). Their sheer power and strength do not, in any way, go unnoticed.

That being said, I found myself occasionally feeling as though I was watching a circus act that had gone on too long. The entire production is made up of a number of different pieces exploring the dance and physicality of sports ranging from synchronized swimming to tennis. Some of these pieces are significantly more engaging than others and eventually I just wanted to shout, “Yes! I get it! You’re all very strong!”

However, despite the occasional brief boredom and the periodic distraction by the bizarre musical choices (one entire number is set to a medley from The Nightmare before Christmas), one can not argue that the committed presence of the performers elevates the show to a slightly higher level. There is nothing deep here, but Kataklo is intriguing enough that I’m curious to see what the next show will bring.

Reviews by Fritzie Andrade

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