Digging in the Dark
This new show by the talented acrobatic troupe Capacitor is too serious for its own good.
All of the performers are very talented, and they demonstrate their athletic abilities with impressive flips and twirls. A very young company, they flaunt their toned bodies in skimpy, shiny costumes that are beautifully designed by Monique Kapp. Still, the remarkable feats and striking poses choreographed by artistic director Jodi Lemask only capture our attention for so long. The distinct personalities of the dancers never emerge, partly because the self-consciously artistic tone of Digging in the Dark doesn't allow them any lighter moments. A little humor would go a long way toward making the show more successful.
Capacitor has been hailed by some critics as the next Blue Man Group, but they would be more accurately compared to the emerging troupe Lava, whose similarly themed show [w]HOLE ran earlier this year at the Flea. However, Capacitor's unique multimedia display does set it apart from other companies. Video designers Tony Grisey, Steven Vargas, and Dan Zox project original graphics and footage onto a screen in the background, including titles of each movement and diagrams of each layer of Earth. In a couple of the funkier scenes, the vibrations from feet and bouncing objects onstage cause visible waves on the background screen.