After a sold-out closing weekend of David Mamet’s classic comedy “American Buffalo,” Synthetic Unlimited changed gears to present Bombshell, their first full-length original dance show. Local choreographer Catie Cleary has created a feast of sexy, playful routines by five dancers, accompanied by strong contemporary music and light design.
Bombshell, which opened last weekend and continues through Saturday, fuses dance styles like jazz, hip-hop, Latin and burlesque to create a sexy, playful exploration of relationship and female empowerment. The choreography carries five female dancers through the stages of falling in love, making love, breaking up, and regaining their independence. The women appear in solos, duets, and layered group dances in colorful and creative costumes by Sharyn Cleary. The beautiful women, pumping contemporary music, and lilac, pink and amber lights are bright, powerful and seductive in this new small Grass Valley theater, according to Synthetic Unlimited.
“I have been actively involved in the performing arts ever since I can remember. Dancing has always been a huge passion of mine and it wasn’t long before I became passionate about choreography as well,” Catie Cleary said. “I have danced all over Nevada County as well as LA but no matter where I go, dancing on-stage is where I feel the most at home.”
Tom Taylor, lighting designer for Foothill Theater Company, and Jimmy McCammon have collaborated with Cleary on a complicated and stimulating an effective lighting design that pulses to the music. Taylor adapted the existing lighting plot for dance by adding equipment, color, and counsel. Elizabeth Grady learned the synchronized light and music plot and will be live operating lights and sound during the show.
Synthetic Unlimited is an emerging production company with a versatile performance space. Through a diverse menu of theatre, music and dance, they pack a considerable load of talent and skills into a former garage shop, now rocking with unabashed visions. SU Opera presents the works in a storefront parlor of stories and dreams, a 980 square foot black box theater equipped with lights, sound, and seating for 50 in various configurations. They are in the process of raising funds to install a fully sprung dance floor and a set of risers. SU Office/Lounge and Opera are located in suites 2 and 4 respectively at 120 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley between Parts for Imports and Kra-Z Fitness.
Friday and Saturday are the final Bombshell performances. Bombshell plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will offer a 2 p.m. Saturday show as well at the Synthetic Unlimited Opera at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley. Tickets are $10, and available at The Briar Patch, www.syntheticunlimited.org, and at the door.