Three Is My Favourite Number

Published: Wednesday, 01/11/2006 12:00 am EST

Don't expect a lavish set, sumptuous costumes or a blockbuster soundtrack. Now that the decadence of the holidays are over, it's time to get back to the basics. Venezuelan-born, Montreal-based dancer and choreographer José Navas is already on track, bringing his new performance of pure dance, Portable Dances: Solo with Light, Pas de Deux for Four Dancers, Trio in White, to the National Arts Centre. A triptych of sorts, Portable Dances is one performance featuring three works, exploring the movement of the body with the movement of voice. Solo with Light sets the mood, starting with a solo (featuring Mr. Navas, accompanied only by a source of light on stage). Things gradually build with Pas de Deux for Four Dancers with Mr. Navas and Jamie Wright. Trio in White rounds out the show with three female dancers dressed only in white, alternating between meditative and high-speed movements. The soundtrack is as minimal as possible, as Montreal composer Alexander MacSween uses the dancers' voices as his only instruments, elongating the sounds of vowels and consonants into evocative soundscapes. Mr. Navas and his dancers have been hailed as splendid, fierce and without artifice. In addition to the three evenings of performances, an exhibition of photographs of Mr. Navas taken by Valerie Simmons will be on display in the NAC foyer until Jan. 14. See Listings for showtimes.
­Christina Leadlay

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