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Theater & art

Dance Review

O Vertigo Danse propelled by a relentless beat

BECKET — How perceptive of Walter Boudreau, the director of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, to suggest that Ginette Laurin, the founding director of O Vertigo Danse, choreograph a piece to Steve Reich’s iconic composition “Drumming.” The resulting 1999 work, “La Vie Qui Bat (The Beat of Life)” — performed this week at Jacob’s Pillow, with Boudreau conducting — is, like its music, both repetitive and exultant, the continuously streaming movement a physical prose poem whose dynamics wax and wane.

Reminiscent of and in some ways the daughter of Lucinda Childs’s seminal 1979 “Dance” (which is set to a Philip Glass score), the nine dancers in “La Vie Qui Bat” are given a fairly small and simple vocabulary with which patterns and phrases are layered. A straightforward restlessness drives the work forward. In Childs’s piece, the dancers are coolly elegant, fleet denizens of the city; Laurin’s movement style is warmly weighted, casual, often pedestrian, the performers earthier country dwellers.

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