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A tale of violence, sex and badminton

European choreographers bring their diverse sensibilities to West Chelsea’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet this year in a series of dances.

European choreographers bring their diverse sensibilities to West Chelsea’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet this year in a series of dances. Norwegian Jo Strømgren opens the show with “Sunday, Again” — a peculiar exploration of the hazards of leisure time. The uneasy juxtaposition of violence and comedy is most unsettling — not to mention the sports imagery.

Constructed as a series of duets with occasional ensemble passages, “Sunday, Again” features performers dragging a badminton net and brandishing racquets, but the actual game never happens. The 15 dancers include beefy Jason Kittelberger and petite Acacia Schachte; she dances in her nightgown while the other women sport tennis dresses and stays with her boyfriend even after the warning signs are clear. Later, Gwynenn Taylor Jones roughs up Ana-Maria Lucaciu.

This week’s bill reprises “Sunday, Again” and includes dances by Israel-born, London-bred Hofesh Schecter and Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman.

 
 
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