On Scene

Notes from around town

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Music to my ears

I'm no music critic, but I was astonished by the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's performance last weekend. From the balcony of the Steamboat Christian Center, I felt like I could have been in an opera house.

The acoustics were great, the music was timelessly beautiful, and the setting was intimate and personal. No other music can make your mind wander in a million different directions.

Steamboat is lucky to have captured so many displaced professional musicians. Our small community traps so much talent and packages it in so many ways.

If you missed this year's holiday performance, mark your calendar for next year - this is something everyone should experience.

The best part was that the audience sang along with the musicians at the end of the concert. My friends and I belted out Christmas tunes like we were opera singers. And the music almost made us sound good.

Looking backward

I finally made it to the Paradigm Theater in Oak Creek for Barbi Bonfiglio's "Dance Retrospective," which showcased the choreography of the past 10 years of Barbi's dance career.

The venue was not what I expected. The room has two rows of tables that are so close to the stage that Bonfiglio warned audience members that they might get kicked during the performance. There also were pictures of her four daughters (to whom she dedicated the performance) on each table.

The set design was simple and creative. Lock McShane found a way to use an overhead projector for a very cool lighting effect that displayed writings of Leonard Peltier both on the backdrop and the dancers' bodies.

The highlight for me was a piece called "Barbi's Brain." Four dancers moved inside a white cocoon-like thing to portray Barbi's everyday concerns, like wondering whether she locked the door to her house. It featured five bands, Barbi's voice and the voices of two of her daughters to complement the visual effects of the "costume."

And only in Oak Creek would the power go out in the middle of a dance routine and the audience would sit and chat with the performers caught in between movements.

- Allison Plean

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