I have to admit that I would not have attended this performance had a fellow CriticalDance volunteer not have a work on the program. And I also have to admit I did not stay after her work was performed. However, I admire the tenacity of Director Ellen Shadle to create this platform — she calls it an experiment on her website — for local dance practitioners, in every genre.

As for the afternoon’s program of world premieres, to be fair, I found the aesthetics of Nicholas Grubbs’s contemporary piece “Burnt Toast” not to my taste and the execution of Mala Desai’s “Sanjeevani” not what I’m used to in professional Odissi dance. Six Degrees Dance’s “In Your Light” was the only work that appealed to me, mainly due to the way choreographer Cecly Placenti matches epochal text from Rumi to thought-provoking gestures.