Flink “employs a singular, combative image, more an act of aggression, really, as signature motif. The dancers periodically punch each other, directly and often seemingly out of nowhere, as if in challenge or even mild assault. . . . The unexpected jabs to the shoulder and later the slaps initially seem almost cartoon-like.
But Flink’s aesthetic is more complicated, this combative edge intermingled with a wealth of feats of acrobatic oomph. Sparingly, he injects such images as a dancer leaping into the air and ending horizontal in the arms of others. In one arresting sequence, a dancer jumps over a huddled row of her colleagues as if they were barrels in a daredevil, split-second stunt.
The conflicting modes of aggression and partnership blend, in the end, into a work touching on adversity and endurance. A prone dancer balances one partner on his leg. Elsewhere, someone’s leg is bent to the point of torture – or is it a no-pain, no-gain effort of physical therapy? HIT meanders, a flow of movements without a clear organizing structure. But it also bonds audience and dancers, who struggle (with great success) to survive as much as entertain.”
Sid Smith, March 11, 2011
“The 2010 Minnesota Choreographer’s Evening”
Posted: August 25th, 2012 under Press.