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24 August 2005

Something in Between

4.5 Stars [4 stars: excellent! - 5 stars: life-altering experience]

In_Between Buto Dance Company. Theatre of Anguish. Buto is a form of movement originally created in Japan in the wake of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It aims to reach and make manifest the primal, pre-verbal dimension of who we are. This Italian company’s take on Buto is highly improvisatory, confrontational and intense. Their two-person performance Friday night was a searing exercise in emotional excavation — a study in what’s left after the bodyguard of lies we keep for our self-protection has left the building. Disturbing, darkly beautiful — and definitely adults only.

This type of performance is all too rare in the Indianapolis market. You may not like it, but try not to miss it, it’ll be different every time out.

Performances: Athenaeum Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

David Hoppe