You won't be able to stay in your seat during this infectious show
Well it's true. Long before St. Paul was the city of gangsters, long before it was even known as St. Paul, it was known as Pig's Eye after the nickname of the man who founded the first distillery in one of the caves by the river.
Passing Through Pig's Eye could easily fall into the trap of being too big for it's britches. It runs at well over two hours (nearer to three, at the performance I attended) and contains what appears to be a random mix of vignettes. It's really a conglomeration of a tap/jazz history of St. Paul, and a totally abstract modern dance piece. Somehow, however, this odd combination works.
I can't possibly list every individual member of the cast, but I do have to give strong props to Joe Chvala, who created the show and whose touch infects every inch of it. It takes a lot of work to create such a thoroughly original piece and then to get 20+ other people on board to perform it with you. I am totally intrigued by Chvala's inner mind (what *did* possess him to come up with this concept?) and I hope to see a lot more of him. And, I can't emphasize enough: the dancing is AWESOME guys. If you are a dance fan of any stripe, there are steps in here for you. Please check it out.
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