A misleading title. This is a “revolution” of immensely talented contemporary dancers, struggling to make their skills known to the world, Miami in particular. Under the sobriquet “The Mob” they stage and film their performances on the streets of Miami, Art Museums, City Hall. They are competing for a grand YouTube prize; they have to garnish the “hits”.
The silly, soapy, predictable scenario does not detract from the best choreography seen on today’s screen; gifted young dancers whose aerobic liquidity, fluidity, levity defies gravity; every sequence exponentially outshines the previous one; brilliant, stunning moves, tightly, perfectly scripted staging; this “revolution” is awe-inspiring.
Founders of “The Mob” : “Sean” (Ryan Guzman) and “Eddy” ( Misha Hamilton) poor boys whose neighborhood is targeted for demolition by mega -hotelier (unsurprisingly, the “ugly” capitalist) “Bill Anderson” (Peter Gallagher), wanting the glitzy, glamorous side of Miami to recognize their legitimate contribution to the cultural depth of the city.
Sean meets “Emily” (Kathryn McCormick) unaware that she is the daughter of Mr. Anderson; their first number is a sensual, sinuous, sensational duet; a pairing reminiscent of George Bernard Shaw’s statement that “dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire”; simmering potency, conveying in movement a language, words could never achieve.
Creativity abounds, amazes; all ethnicities dazzle, every solo unique unto the individual; breathless, refreshing entertainment.
Beth Jones says “to dance is to reach for a word that doesn’t exist”. “Step Up Revolution” speaks volumes about the extraordinary power of dance to convey joy, pain, healing; dance has alchemical properties capable of transforming individuals, communities, continents.
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