Picks and Pans Review: Alive from Off Center
(PBS, Mon., Aug. 22, 10 pm. ET)
Time to pay another visit to this ongoing half-hour show that features—in PBS' words—"leading performance artists in the vanguard of their genre." (Personally, I'd lose that line during Pledge Week. Call it Gorillas in the Mist.) Be careful describing this show to your neighbors, lest they think you've been assembling model airplanes in an unventilated room. This episode, mostly in black and white, features two innovative dance companies from Canada, Montreal Danse and La La La Human Steps. In one performance, four male dancers roll green apples on the floor, which they then try to pick up with their teeth. In another, a group of men and women in street clothes scream "I told you so!" at one another for several minutes. Just what they've told each other isn't explained, though I suspect it's "This is how you get an endowment." Video artist William Wegman hosts.
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