Review "Diana Vishneva: On the Edge"

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Art is an expression, not only that of the heart and mind, but also of the body. In Diana Vishneva: On the Edge, two beautifully choreographed programs takes the stage and leaves the art loving audience member’s hearts pumping with exhilaration.

In “Switch” choreographed by Jean-Christophe Malliot, with music by Danny Elfman, it’s hard to miss the passion that dancers Diana Vishneva, Bernice Coppieters, and Gaetan Morlotti paint on stage. The expression of art bleeds through the stage’s canvas, while the heroine in this act is caught between love, envy, and art. An obvious rift leaves her caught in a struggle of desire and passion. The synergy of Danny Elfman’s scores, the set’s ambiance, along with the choreography illustrates the struggle by the heroine. Her artful dance combined with the symphony of sounds leaves you breathless, an experience that must be had.

After the intermission, you get to experience the wonder of solitude and introspection in “Women in a Room” choreographed by Carolyn Carlson, with music by Giovanni Sollima and Rene Aubry. This act feels very familiar, as no matter who you are, the emotion of the performer is raw and real. Everyone in life has had moments of contemplation, thought and wonder, and Diana Vishneva gives you that feeling in dance. Without words, she expresses that of regret, hope, excitement and sadness. The marriage between the music and dance is definitely on par with what you would expect in those moments of solitude.

Many argue that the complexity of these performances can give the viewer a free range of interpretation allowing the art to depict whatever form they choose, and I must agree. These performances are one for the viewer to interpret, the emotion felt can leave one breathless and wanting more. If you’re ready to have your mind blown full of thought and wonder, while enjoying a night out appreciating art, come and see Diana Vishneva On the Edge.

Diana Vishneva: On the Edge is playing at Segerstrom Center for a world premier dance event 11/6/2013 – 11/10/2013. Get your tickets now by calling the Center’s box office at 714.556.2787 or by visiting the Box Office. Running time (approximate): 1 hour and 36 minutes