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Babel

Members say: Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow
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Members
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25 reviews
 

Convergences Theatre Collective presents the world premiere of an acrobatic dance-theater interpretation of the ancient 'Tower of Babel' tale.

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'Babel' is a physical spectacle that reinvents one of the oldest stories known to man. The company of dancers builds the world of the play, a sculpture garden of bodies. Sitting in three-quarter round, the audience is immersed in the tower where performers climb, fly, and play until the gods destroy it and the people are divided. 'Babel' embodies the human desire to create, connect, and collaborate to overcome adversity, building ambitious towers again and again.

 

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75
Theatre is Easy

"'The Tower of Babel' does not take up much space in the Bible, so it's a big feat to expand this tale to an alluring, 75-minute show that’s constantly dynamic...Going through the entire ensemble and creating a partner identity for all 12 duos makes this section seem a bit long. But what they all share is the exhilaration of finding a sense of partnership, a sense of belonging...It is Convergences Collective’s earnest effort to demonstrate the strength and perseverance of the human spirit." Full Review

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The Reviews Hub

"The stellar ensemble offers a fresh take on the story of the 'Tower of Babel,' utilizing acrobatics, movement theatre, and contemporary dance. The story is linear and specific, compelling to seasoned avant-garde audiences but direct enough for audiences less familiar with nonverbal pieces to follow...The play leaves the audience feeling hopeful and united, which proves timely for the current state of American culture and politics." Full Review

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Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You have an open mind, love dance & movement, can accept theatrical events on their own terms, great music no dialogue but much joy & warmth

Don't see it if You dislike modern dance or a work in progress expect a linear plot-driven event or a dance group with a cohesive look rather than diversity

Also Babel is a unique theatrical work in progress, which has been develope... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Modern Dance and it helps if you know the story of the Tower of Babel.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy Modern Dance or pure dance theater.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You want to see dance. The performers are doing a great job using the movements of their bodies to tell an ancient story.

Don't see it if You wants dialogues, you don't want to think about what is going on.

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy modern dance, stories that can relate to today's political and environmental climate

Don't see it if You want a script, or a show that you don't have to think about the meaning of movements

75
Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You want to see amazing bodies in motion. You want to see something different. You like acrobatic type performances and no dialogue.

Don't see it if You need elaborate staging. You don't like acrobatic performances and don't want to be amazed by what they can do with their bodies.

Also This was very different but if you know about the tower of babel you w... Read more Read less

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Epic, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate seeing an ensemble cast lift one another up!

Don't see it if You have no patience for dance or movement theatre and prefer dialogue to drive a story forward.

86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy interpretative dance, don't need words to follow a plot and enjoy instrumental pieces.

Don't see it if You dont enjoy dance performances with no dialogue and music without lyrics.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if Well-staged & choreographed modern dance. Some large group scenes, some intimate two-person.

Don't see it if Modern dance isn't your thing? Honestly it's pretty enjoyable.

87
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Great staging

See it if What to see relevant story-telling dance/movement. The piece itself is very timely and well-crafted.

Don't see it if Expect a show with dialogue or song.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Insipid, Great staging

See it if You are interested in physical theater. This is the best piece of movement performance I've ever seen. Really touching. I was impressed!!

Don't see it if You want to see actual "story". There is a story but it's more than that.

87
Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy interpretive dance. I found the show to be entertaining. It was relaxing to watch acrobatic interpretive dance.

Don't see it if Do not like Interpretive performances. There is no talking just watching.

Also My 12 daughter also enjoyed it. It kept your attention

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Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if You appreciate performance art, contact improv, wordless storytelling.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span or if contemporary movement isn't your thing.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are interested in theater without language. It's captivating.

Don't see it if You're going to laugh the entire time. It's strange worth letting go.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You're up for something thought provokingly different!

Don't see it if You don't like anything out of the norm!

98
Enchanting, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy new interdisciplinary theatre experiences, and if your letters to Santa as a kid always included asking for world peace.

Don't see it if you prefer your plays with words.

75
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy

See it if You are a thinker and like physical theatre with interesting movement and

Don't see it if you like commercial theatre with linear ideas and text.

76
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if open minded

Don't see it if don't like dance movements..

86
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow, Dance

See it if As this was dance, not a play, criteria for judging is different. Was emotionally connected-not purely the body devoid of facial expression~

Don't see it if You're looking for something spoken, w/a strong narrative or short. Needed editing, but you had to appreciate the obvious years of effort.

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During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have a close friend or family member who is in the cast and you want to give them your support.

Don't see it if you are expecting a professional acrobatic dance group (like something you would see at the Joyce Theater or Lincoln Center).

Also There was a short discussion after the show where many people made com... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like acro yoga meets interpretive dance as performed by well trained amateurs.

Don't see it if You dislike productions which are often too slow to be interesting

75
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You enjoy interpretative acrobatic dance

Don't see it if You only want to see a play with dialogue or dislike acrobatic dance

81
During previews
Creative, Intense, Engaging, Untraditional

See it if you'd like to see a wordless acrobatic dance/performance art piece; dancers of all shapes & sizes; powerful, classic, universal themes

Don't see it if you don't like 'modern' dance with dystonic music; have PTSD, especially if viewing imagery recalling 9/11; expect traditional dancers

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During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like original work. You want something new and exciting.

Don't see it if You want lots of dialogue, music, or a big broadway show.

100
During previews
Funny, Enchanting, Intense, Must see, Entertaining

See it if have a great imagination and love for the artistry of dance.

Don't see it if you have lack of patience and a creative imagination

100
During previews
Epic, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy something different that will make you think and smile

Don't see it if you dont like to smile