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The Consumer Experiment 

Movement as sexy social satire

Sometimes a choreographer has the savvy to bring into existence dramas through informative movement. Skills that are unique to one theatrical form, under the tag team direction of imagination and wit, can effortlessly transfer to another. In The Consumer Experiment, you can see this at work and it working well. Jennifer Spicer, who choreographed this rewarding and accomplished dance piece (astonishing in that this represents her first long form creation), and dance partner Melissa Page-Webster, offer up a wonderful, often funny, take on how consumerism imprisons us - ruthlessly nullifying our genuine and real passions, hopes and longings. Cleverly, this lithe duo underscores this truism by punctuating scenes with frozen poses and blank stares of haute couture store window mannequins. How more empty can a logo driven, sex sells, corporate branded lifestyle be? And what a delicious metaphor. Standouts amongst many I found arresting were: a bitchily competitive dance clubbing scene, a hilarious send-up of nip and tuck culture, and most poignantly, a stunningly moving bitter-sweet evocation of human love valiantly wrestling the stifling grip of marketed sexualtity. The Consumer Experiment is a smart, sexy, sensual and sharply witty go-see. Seen Sept. 3

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