The title of this dance was Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala (which means from soup to nuts). This saying has been interpreted to mean “finish what you started,” and the artist gently coordinated a set of swift dance moves to interpret this saying.
A basic story line follows the basic structure of “beginning to resolution or end.” Within this basic structure, there are: the rising action, the climax and the falling action, respectively. Watching the dance, I could easily see the Artist’s interpretation of the title within a basic story line structure.
One of the protagonists was a lady in a red dress, that was choreographed to interrupt the rest of the dancers multiple times within the rising action, climax and falling action of the artist’s story. Although she wasn’t doing much of the dancing in the beginning, she was portrayed to have an important role explained through the bright color of her dress and her centered position on the stage. As the story proceeded, she would almost humorously take the attention of the viewers from the other dancers, by graciously, yet awkwardly leaping forward in front of them. Her awkward positioning of the arms and legs was an important dance because it seemed to have explained her character. This repetition of the dance move showed the importance of her character as well the personality of the character itself.
This repetition was seen in other characters as well. The other protagonist was as well a woman who had more elaborate dances within the beginning and rising action. Her interactions with the men in the story was that of affection. This emotion was portrayed through the closeness and body positioning of the two dancers. The turmoil that can often result from relationships was shown through the character’s leaping back and forth between the male dancers.
The two dancers portrayed a basic story line through their interactions with time and duration of dances, stage positioning, as well as interactions with other dancers. The character with the red dress began to explain her interactions with the other dancers, toward the end, with her elaborate dances. It was also a dance of affection same as the other female dancer. One of her repeating dances was the bending of her body forward with one bent leg elevated upward. This sexual expression geared toward the male dancers was the climax. The artist has often been criticized for the sexual expression in his choreography, however, it was portrayed so swiftly and loudly discreetly, making the story easy to understand in its expression and interpretation.
Bringing the dance to an end, the two female dancers finished their interactions with the men with their final intimate dances. This brought the artists interpretation of the title back – “from soup to nuts” and finished his story.