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Theater & art

Dance Review

A charged premiere from Prometheus Dance

I usually spend a fair amount of any Prometheus Dance concert asking myself, “What exactly are the dancers doing? What does it all mean?” And for the most part, that’s exactly what co-directors Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett intend — thought-provoking choreography is at the core of their mission.

To that end, the choreographers have hit the jackpot with the world premiere of the hourlong “Heart of the Matter,” which World Music/CRASHarts presented over the weekend to celebrate the venerable company’s impressive 25th anniversary. For them, “Heart of the Matter” is the essence of our true selves after we strip away the dreams and experiences of life that no longer matter, and they reveal this essence by slowly peeling away the vestiges of civility until we are left with little but primal urges.

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