A dance tribute to ping pong

A DANCE TRIBUTE TO PING PONG: In December 2009, we reported in this column that Jo Stromgren Kompani had revived and was touring its late-'90s sensation A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football. Last month at the Festival Automne en Normandie, the Scandivanian dance troupe debuted a new show, about another sport with a passionate following: table tennis. According to the company, this production was conceived around the same time as the soccer show, which was a "shoestring" production never expected to have such longevity: "The new production maintains a fearless approach to popular culture references and represents the more pure dance style of the company. In addition, puppet theatre is particularly present this time, along with a voiceover in badly spoken English. The show's storyboard have deliberate similarities to the average American B-film script--a team of bleach-white youngsters are taught Eastern philosophy in record time and take ping pong to a transcendental level." Karate Kid meets avant-garde kineticism? Sounds like a concept that could bounce around the world's presenting houses for some time to come after a run at home in Oslo this month.

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