Michael Upchurch focuses on the power of the dance despite the barrage of audio in his review of Spectrum Dance Theater's new production The Mother of Us All. For the music, Upchurch writes:
The air fills with musical fragments, ambient street sounds and a series of talking heads holding forth on the challenges facing Africa. The sound tableau, composed by Byron Au Yong, mixes recorded material with Kane Mathis performing live on the kora (West African harp) and some laptop wizardry by Au Yong...Read The Seattle Times (PDF version) review called "Spectrum Dance Theater delivers meaty moves, but the audio trimmings are too much." The comments are fascinating as well.
If you experienced The Mother of Us All, what did you think?