While not perfect, this piece was smart, innovative, evocative, challenging, moody and beautifully disturbing. The collaborators expert. The dancing world class, absolutely. Your review does not do CANE full justice and the criticisms are misplaced. First: Why assume that the piece was actually intended to track Toomer's book exactly? Why assume that it should do so? Can't it exist as an inspired work on its own merit? (That said, despite your criticism, even you managed to see the reference to "Becky." How one could manage to miss the series of urban images used as backdrop for a good portion of the piece remains a mystery). Second: The reference to "technical miscalculations" comes across as petty and a bit silly. Third: While we all should be thankful for being enlightened with the "obvious question" posed at the end of the piece, what would make anyone think that there necessarily was a question? Or that there was only one question? For me, bottom line, the review was a bit cowtown. I shouldn't expect more, but hope springs eternal.
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