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“[casebolt and smith], while skewering conventional thinking about dance, glide through the space with a blithe, airy quality that sustains them through the evening, and they integrate the spoken word and the gesture as well as anybody I have seen since David Gordon a generation ago.” San Francisco Chronicle 8/13

“For those who’ve suffered at the receiving end of Casebolt and Smith’s target subject, it’s like a breath of fresh air and also side-achingly funny. But it’s the clever way the pair integrate themes of gender identity/stereotyping and pose questions about artistic appropriation and the very nature of “contemporary” that add texture to O(h) and leave lots of food for thought. It’s a dance fan’s must-see.” – Toronto Star 7/13

“This likeable duo from L.A. are polished dancers, and there is a charming, playful energy between them that easily transfers to the audience. They clearly have thought seriously about dance, and present their conclusions to the audience with a cheeky nod to their influences.” – CBC Manitoba 7/13

“The L.A.–based duo Casebolt and Smith combine talking, singing, and full-throttle dancing with a freshness that can delight or startle an audience—or make them laugh.” – Dance Magazine, 6/13

“The show’s best moments combine rapid-fire quips with beautifully executed moves, inviting your brain to fire on all cylinders.” The Los Angeles Times

“casebolt and smith are a postmodern Agnes de Milles, superimposing their gestural vocabulary with possible interpretations – and the witty range of possibilities may surprise you. At the same time as casebolt and smith lampoon theatrical conceits of contemporary dance, their self-reflexive work finds clever new possibilities in each choreographic building block.” Stage and Cinema

“The choreography is enlightening and witty… Exploring themes of personal expression through original song and dance, casebolt and smith give a sophisticated, coherent commentary on the multiplicity of genres in dance.” Flavorpill

“Part dance, part theater and refreshingly light-hearted, casebolt and smith’s O(h) is a welcome alternative to the dark-hued worlds of melancholia, depression and manipulative violence in which so many modern dance companies and their choreographers languish.” – (Go) LA Weekly

“It’s funny, sly, wonderfully staged, imaginative, and quite perfect—even when it isn’t perfect at all.” –WeHo News

“[casebolt and smith]…create perhaps the most entertaining, engaging and explicative dance theater on the planet.” Minn Post

“In fact, they’re downright funny, especially when they take you inside their highly verbal means of creating a piece.” Pioneer Press

“What I especially appreciated was how sophisticated [casebolt and smith’s] foray into dance styles, issues, foibles, politics was, and at the same time how much it appealed to the broad audience the afternoon I attended” – Linda Shapiro, Dance Critic (Dance Magazine, Gay City News)

“Their comedic timing was impeccable.” The Dance Current, Vancouver, Canada

“…you can’t help but mutter, ‘How do they do it?’ They fly through the space in lifts and frisky manipulations and prattle on with such ease, that you forget it’s a dance. You don’t want the physical conversation to end.” SanDiego.com

“This is smart work from a pair of savvy performers.” Star Tribune

“…they seem to have carved out a highly personal niche: vest-pocket dace theater filled with quick-on-draw gestural movement, self-revealing talk and quirky humor with a sense of urgency.” Infinite Body

“casebolt and smith bring intimacy and directness, and a seriousness of purpose warmly wrapped in physicality, playfulness and humour.  They have the rare quality of a light, but sharp political edge in their work, which entertains as it makes you think and re-think.” What’s On Northern Ireland

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