TU Dance at the Southern has a refined "Sense(ability)"

TU Dance begins a nine-show run tonight at the Southern Theater with Sense(ability), choreographer Uri Sands's first full-evening work and the product of three years of development. Snippets seen along the way have been auspicious: dance that is physically masterful, sensual, and emotionally strong. 

Sands performs with Toni Pierce-Sands in a work that sets out to explore the intersection between the senses and the elements. It's an idea that certainly holds water, given TU's merger of beautiful movement with both the calm and the storms of the soul. 

Chris Thomson contributes an original score; the saxophonist has, in recent years, been delving into electronic music, and this aspect of the Sense(ability) collaboration has many possibilities (not to mention the fact that things sound simply great in the Southern space). 

(UPDATE): One can misread pre-show publicity, and I sure did: Sands and Pierce-Sands don't perform in Sense(ability). The show is performed by a TU cast that numbers close to a dozen at times. I tell you this having caught the show a few hours ago, and let me tell you: the choreography is thrilling, athletic, sometimes enigmatic. Thomson's score is booming, ambient, and weird. I was enthralled throughout. I go to dance as an outlet from obsessive theater viewing, but this show is gorgeous and makes its own case on its own terms. Uri Sands is, in my estimation, breaking through with great panache in this production. 

(UPDATE II): A TU Dance company member was kind enough to email me to point out that I didn't get it quite right: Sands and Pierce-Sands do indeed appear in the show: they are the leading characters in the first piece, and Pierce-Sands later performs a duet with Marciano Silva dos Santos. Their work is lovely; you have until May 16 to see them. 

Sense(ability) runs 7:30 p.m. Thu., 8:00 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7:00 Sun., May 6-16 (plus a 2:00 p.m. matinee Sat., May 15). Tickets are $29. Shows are at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis. For tickets call 612.340.1725 or click here. Tonight there's an opening night pre-show reception sponsored by City Pages and the Red Stag Supperclub, with drinks and appetizers starting at 6:30 p.m.

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