Unsure if this was Jennifer Archibald’s intention or not when she choreographed it on Tulsa Ballet in 2018, PARHELIA feels to me like the dance version of Mad Max. And this is a good… no, an amazing thing!
Led by Maine Kawashima and Jun Masada on a stage whose warm glow sometimes radiates behind them and at moments is the drawing force downstage left, the intensity of classical and contemporary movement that PARHELIA is built on is magnified by the music that accompanies it.
The piece is set to a medley of songs that range from ominous to urgent to tribal which provide a perfect partner to the varying moods throughout. Again, the dancers are extremely focused, invested, and committed to each moment; they are clean, they are confident, and dare I say, they are badass.
Tulsa Ballet’s Signature Series runs through March 14th, the last performance a rebroadcast of a previously filmed show.