image copyright 2003, Peter Doven
Review of Yogamotion
by Karen Kefauver
Saturday, October 5, 2002
Laurie Broderick Burr's Yogamotion dance troupe
opened its three-performance run in front of a packed house
Friday night at the Veteran's Hall auditorium in Santa Cruz.
After a two-year hiatus, the talented group of men and women,
directed and choreographed by Broderick-Burr, returned to
wow the audience with a full two-hour show consisting of 11
Set to a variety of music, including Sarah McLachlan, Cirque
du Soleil and Mickey Hart, the dancers performed intricately
choreographed moves which combined yoga and dance, and showcased
their explosive energy, grace and flexibility. The dancers
were nimble and in awesome shape, clearly excelling in stage
and dance skills.
The show both opened and closed on a powerful note, literally
- with the otherwordly harmonies of a cappella music performed
by the women's trio, DisMoi. Their flawless voices set the
tone for an outstanding performance by the troupe. Yogamotion's
best yet in a full scale show.
The talented troupe performed two solos, a thoughtful piece
by director Broderick Burr and and a unique chair solo by
Keri Peterson. The solos were skillfully placed between high
energy pieces such as A Few Good Men, performed by the troupe's
five men and Happy Girlz, performed by five women. The results
were a well-paced blend of energetic and pensive pieces.
Other highlights included a shoulderstand piece - where the
trio of women spent the majority of the time up-side-down
in an intriguiing act that was riveting in its grace and skill.
A piece called Prana created a light comic note - intentional
or not? - with the involvement of a group of children, all
happy young yogis.
Overall, the show was of superior quality and demonstrated
astonishing finesse and attention to detail in costume, lighting
and staging. Broderick-Burr successfully balanced a blend
of fast-paced pieces, with slower more pensive ones, included
a variety of musical styles and touches of wonderful humor
and whimsy. Hats off to Yogamotion! Don't miss their next
Karen Kefauver is a freelance writer based
in Santa Cruz and a frequent contributor to the San Jose Mercury
News and the Santa Cruz County Sentinel. She can be reached