Aya | Athenaeum Theatre | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 17 2015
Price: $18-$48
A collaboration between Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet, Aya flounders under its own weight. The aerial work is lovely and quite elegant, but it's quickly overwhelmed by the Elements dancers—the sheer number of bodies made their uncoordinated limbs and lack of precision noticeable. This remains a frustration throughout; it's not until the shorter, more organized third act that the evening is redeemed. The ballet's creators might take a clue from that and edit the work: too much happens all at the same time for us to focus, and many of the most exciting aerial elements are left floating away in the background while the strong and capable bodies run back and forth, again and again, across the stage. Even the music is disjointed. Britt Julious



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