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Theater & art

Dance Review

Otherworldy but missing a spark

The dances of Mauro Astolfi, Spellbound Dance Company’s artistic director, recall a neverending loop — a kind of choreographic Mobius strip winding perpetually back to its beginnings.

That is not to say that the three works on Friday night’s Celebrity Series program, a Boston debut for this Rome-based troupe, didn’t astonish with their pyrotechnics. The nine dancers’ undulating torsos and cantilevered limbs, their roiling hips and rubber-bodied couplings make your jaw drop. But a necessary tension is missing from most of these works: they are horizontal, flat, rather than building in structural and kinesthetic intensity. The remarkable becomes humdrum when it has nowhere to go.

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