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Cristian Vogel Double Deux/Delicado

Bucking the trend of machine beat’s penchant for dehumanizing the soul, Cristian Vogel and choreographer Gilles Jobin humanize the machine in their stage performances Double Deux and Delicado. Dancers drift around the stage, collapse, and arise in contorted fashion to Vogel’s symphony of digital failures and looped drones that mimics blood passing through the head. The noise embodies the friction of human logic and irrational emotion. Vogel departs from his signature minimal techno, although “DD Engine” pulsates well to a fractal-funk rhythm. Despite many fascinating moments, the music cannot be fully appreciated without seeing the dancers at work. Listeners are instead left with a claustrophobic experience that sadly seems endless.

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