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Lubovitch Company Frisky at Opening

November 2, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company is a marvel at muscle control. These dancers can move from standing to sitting on the floor more smoothly than ordinary people can take a chair. Their moves are beautiful, funny and frisky.

The company opened Tuesday night, for two weeks at the Joyce Theater.

Opening night included a New York premiere, ″So in Love,″ populist duets and solos to five Cole Porter songs recorded by unlikely people. First was Tom Waits singing a funky, gutteral ″It’s All Right With Me″ while Rebecca Rigert was deliberately unartistic, twirling on her stomach, strutting out after making three rude gestures. The effect was amusing.

Susan Shields and Lane Sayles did a classy duet, while Aaron Neville sang ″In the Still of the Night.″ Silvia Nevjinsky and Dirk Platzek came out fighting. Their ″From This Moment On″ was funny throughout, as they threw boxing punches from across the stage.

Kelly Slough’s and Scott Rink’s ″Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye″ was subtle and distantly sad. Mia Babalis had the least interesting choreography though k.d. lang’s ″So in Love″ was the best sung.

The evening began with 1978′s ″North Star,″ set to music by Philip Glass. The 12-member company, in black, kept changing groupings and flowing, looking like amoebas swimming around and dividing.

″Beau Danube,″ from 1981, danced to Strauss’ ″Blue Danube Waltz″ looks like something created for the Pilobolus company.

The evening’s final dance was ″Concerto Six Twenty-Two,″ danced to Mozart, and was beautiful.

Dancers are in white. The second movement, danced by Sales and Jeffrey Hankinson, is spiritual. The third movement is frisky.

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