Trouncing on relationships with a silent explosiveness.
Ate9 Company performs “Sally Meets Stu.” It’s a show that quietly and patiently trounces relationships, with diverse music that relies on some spoken word to dig into a lightly absurd take on coupling. The company, which has culled its members internationally, is a new and exciting addition to Los Angeles dance. The well-trained dancers are exciting to watch, and can easily transform into very normal people in the blink of an eye. This ability to switch allows them to humanize their performance in a disarming way that lets them address a deep topic without getting too specific, leaving a deeper mark on their audience. The company, new to Los Angeles, is under the artistic direction of Danielle Agami, who had a long history with Batsheva Dance Company before striking out on her own. She has quickly made a name for herself in LA with her company and other works, including the recent acclaimed opera performed at Union Station, "Invisible Cities."