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Maze of our lives: Dancers perform inside a labyrinth

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This show may leave you feeling lost.

A Park Slope dance company will send audiences into a literal labyrinth in order to experience “Capture,” an hour-long interactive performance about identity in the age of technology. The show’s twists and turns will encourage audience to contemplate online and real-life connections, says the show’s choreographer.

“It’s about the digital age, and our own understanding of our connections within the digital age,” said Taylor Donofrio, the founder of the Donofrio Dance Company. “And how our desire for acknowledgement and attention has created a disconnect within ourselves as well as our relationsh­ips.”

Audience members must navigate an eight-foot-tall cardboard maze in order to see the dancers, who will perform to a strange mixed score that includes Patsy Cline, opera, and some far-out soundscapes. Sometimes the dancers will appear sometimes directly in front of onlookers, but sometimes they will be viewed behind windows in separate rooms.

The winding nature of the labyrinth and the relative isolation of the dancers from the spectators is a comment on the difficulty of forming and understanding persona at a time when people live online and craft their images on social media, said Donofrio — and the audience gets to explore that disconnect themselves, in a hands-on way.

“The audience is as big a part of it as the dancers are,” she said.

The hour-long experience — which Donofrio developed out from an initial ten-minute performance over the past year and a half — will premiere on Jan. 22 at Fort Greene’s Feature-Length Independent Choreography Fest at the Irondale, a six-day festival that showcases two feature-length dance projects plus a cabaret performance every night.

“Capture” will premiere at FLICfest 2016 at Irondale [85 S. Oxford St. at Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 788–0607, www.irondale.org]. Jan. 22 and Jan. 28 at 7:30 pm. $25 ($20 students).

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.

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