Unlike their usual shows, The Café doesn't tell a single narrative, but rather a series of vignettes about relationships that take place at a café, natch. Some stories are happy, some are sad, some are awkward, some are angry, all beautifully expressed through dance. No live music (which I give them a pass on because singing has become a high-risk activity), they dance to recorded tracks of pop music, often different and interesting covers of familiar songs. The eight dancers (Betsy Nelson, Chelsea Rose, Heather Brockman, Jarod Boltjes, Patrick Jeffrey, Regina Peluso, Renee Guittar, and Rush Benson, all company members) perform solo, in pairs, or group numbers. Choreographed by the company, the show is very lively, energetic, impressive, and infectious, hence the constant under-mask smile.
|photo by Sarah Bauer|