Four seemingly random women meet at a bus stop, and their personalities are immediately apparent. What isn’t crystal clear in UPheaval is the plot line. DC Aerial Collective’s performers are graceful and emotive in their aerial artistry, but the abstract story is confusing and disjunctive. Dances by a ballerina and flamenco dancer round out the show, with flamenco dancer Sarah Candela’s performance being especially captivating. The lights and set are sparse, with two park benches on the edge of the stage framing the center aerial contraptions. A bassist adds background music when the women perform, and mezzo-soprano Tara McCredie does a nice job with W.M. Goree’s haunting original song. The show runs for about an hour, but with its slow pacing and hard-to-follow narrative, it’s about 20 minutes too long.
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