A dancer moves slightly atop a big, round table in the center of the stage. A row of seated dancers who occasionally reach up, in unison, to smooth the sides of their heads, forms a half circle behind the table. By the end of the dance, the table dancer or ‘Melody’ is kicking, leaping and thrusting into splits and split extensions. And the stage is filled with other dancers, who portray ‘Rhythm’, stepping out the music’s simple, insistent beat as they mill through stylized patterns that divide the space in increasingly complex layers. It is a climax that tends to leave the audience in an equivalent state of fervor.
The ‘Melody’ and ‘Rhythm’ parts are performed by dancers of the opposite sex, most often a man and the company’s women.