Best Political Dance
Indo-China Redux by Thom Lewis
Lewis, who won BOT honors last year for his comic Nixon impersonation in a dance, this year stunned audiences with a vivid anti-war piece. The brilliant Clash song "Straight to Hell" helped shape this searing look at war and its losses. Set in the Vietnam War, the nine-dancer work has obvious connections to the Iraq disaster, including a spoken-word segment taken from the real-life words of a grieving father who lost his only son in Iraq. Max Foster danced the part of a child-soldier more interested in love than in slaughter. He performed a heartbreaking death solo, in which he struggled mightily to hold onto his young life.