Flying and Films at the Fox
O-T-O at the Fox Tucson Theatre, www.orts.org
Tucson's O-T-O troupe brought dance back to the magnificent old theater for the first time in about 50 years. Meticulously restored under the leadership of artist Herb Stratford, the jewel-box theater reopened to a gala crowd on New Year's Eve, after being closed for some 30 years. A series of performances followed, but the O-T-O Dance concert in early March was the first to deploy hoofers on the rehabbed stage--and dancers soaring above it on trapezes. And in a nod to the theater's long film history, O-T-O artistic director Annie Bunker invited New York dance filmmaker Jodi Kaplan to screen three short experimental films in between the live dances. The multimedia evening--dance and film in a stunning architectural setting--should serve as a template for great Fox things to come.