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JANUARY 31, 2001
By Wilhelmina Mauritz
Daily Arts Writer
Is it just me, or have we had entirely too many cheer-
leader movies lately? From Kevin Spacey's nymphet
cheerleader in "American Beauty" to this summer's
"Bring it On" I thought Hollywood had gone as far as it
could with this genre. I was wrong.
The main character in "Sugar and Spice" is Diane
Weston (Marley Shelton). A Barbie
doll perfect girl who starts off every
morning saying into her mirror
"these are the best days of your life,
Sugar and so far." It doesn't take long for
Spice Barbie to meet her Ken in Jack
Grade: C (James Marsden), the new football
hero, and the two fall madly in love.
At Showcase The night of their homecoming
and Quality 16 dance, the couple announce to their
parents that they are a) getting mar-
ried and b) pregnant. The latter being
the major cause for concern.
The two get kicked out of their
respective homes and have to fend
for themselves. It doesn't take long
for Diane to realize that her life is going downhill. So.
with the help of her fellow cheerleaders, the six girls exe-
cuite their plan of robbing a bank. By the time "Sugar and
Spice" even begins, all of this has already happened. The
movie is told entirely in flashback form from the perspec-
tive of Lisa (Marla Sokoloff), a bitter cheerleader who has
ver been able to make it onto the A squad.
'Sugar and Spice" knows it is a stupid movie. It does-
n't try to hide it and instead flaunts it in our faces. The
movie starts out very generically with pictures of all the
girls and one-liners like "the rebel," "the virgin," and "the
brain" underneath their names representing, I suppose,
their one-dimensional character traits.
To give "Sugar and Spice" some credit, it does manage
to pull of some very "Clueless"-like dialogue, that is, at
times, both witty and quite funny. There is a hilarious
scene where all the girls are fighting with each other over
the stress of robbing a bank and Diaie finally tries to call
-whole thing off with a commentary about how "we're
V acting like cheerleaders, we're acting like sorority
I felt like the audience the writers had in mind to enjoy
"Sugar and Spice" was a college aged crowd. It included
'Dances of Passion': An evening
full of entertaining rhythm, heat
By Charity Atchison
Daily Arts Vriter
The University Dance Company
will inflame souls with their produc-
tion, "Dances of Passion." Touching
on passions of love, crimes of pas-
sion and war, this evening of modern
dance has something to offer every-
Special guest choreographer
Carlos Orta will premiere his work,
"Breaking the Silence." Based on the
Picasso wartime mural "Guernica,"
Orta uses sticks and large pieces of
fabric to contrast the cubist images
with the three dimensional forms of
the dancers' bodies.
The most striking part of this piece
is the bull solo, danced by University
graduate student Jodi Leigh Allen,
with its powerful movements con-
trasted by red fabric held in a semi-
circle by the other dancers of the
piece. This is the first performance
of the completed "Breaking the
Silence," which had been set in
pieces on the Jose Limon Company.
Orta has been a choreographer and
principal dancer with the Limon
Company since 1979.
In addition to Orta's piece, the per-
formance will include two pieces by
three faculty choreographers: Bill
DeYoung, Sandra Torijano and
Robin Wilson. "Rauxa," choreo-
graphed by DeYoung and Torijano, is
drawn off of time spent in Spain on
sabbatical. The dance celebrates the
juxtaposition of common sense and
Wilson celebrates the 100th birth-
day of Louis Armstrong, with her
piece "Hot Five Rondo." Weaving
together two themes of passion,
Armstrong's passion for music and
crimes of passion, Wilson considers
her piece a tribute to everyone who
dances. Wilson said of the theme
"Dances of Passion." her work "tied
into the theme - his music was so
passionate, the passion of the
dancers who danced to that music.
The music had so much love of life
and pushed so many boundaries."
Interweaving the idea of crimes of
passion with the passion of 1930s
dances creates an energetic piece.
The dances to Armstrong's music are
attributed to the genres of ballroom
and social dances of the period: soft-
shoe, hoofing, the Charleston, the
Suzy Q, the Shorty George and the
Lindy Hop. "While one is in black
and white, one is in color, they are
all about passion, just of different
kinds," said Wilson of the combina-
"Dances of Passion" will be ar
evening of entertaining, inspiring
and thought-provoking dance. Of the
performance as a whole, Wilson
says, "it tries to inspire people to gd
dancing in the streets.'
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.ABOVE: The naughty cheerleaders of "Sugar and Spice" prepare
for a furious bout of "Light as a feather, stiff as a board."
BELOW: "I don't know, officer, can I see them from the back?"
jokes about Madonna (we're talking "Like a Virgin"
Madonna), references to staple movies like "Point Break"
(Keanu, post-"Bill and Ted" but pre-"Matrix") and even a
plug for a childhood classic "The Apple Dumpling Gang."
I fear that so many of these good jokes will be lost on
the majority of youngsters that will actually want to go
see this movie. They probably won't even know who
Madonna is considering their main idles today are Britney
Overall "Sugar and Spice" was a mediocre movie that
was definitely smarter than it first appeared but far from
being the next "Clueless."
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