The Ping and Pong of It

Last year, homeboy artist Daniel Arsham returned from his transplanted home of New York to put on the experimental dance performance Replica. He and his firm, Snarkitecture, created the amazing sets, and avant-garde dancer Jonah Bokaer provided much of the movement. The two have teamed up again for a brand-new production, Why Patterns & Recess, at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. This time, instead of collapsing walls, the set consists of thousands of Ping-Pong balls, which the dancers interact with, no simple task when they're moving about — but that's part of the point. Starting with a single ball, the dancers play with an increasing number, bouncing around like the objects surrounding them. The set is as much a character as the performers.
Fri., Jan. 27, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 28, 2 & 8 p.m., 2012
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Anne Tschida of artburstmiami.com