Critics call Carl Flink’s 10-year-old contemporary troupe fearless, intense and visceral for good reason. Living up to their catchphrase “we do our own stunts,” these dancers also tackle meaty themes, from war to death by shipwreck to the psychological effects of hive mentality, often set to live original music. BLM has had a busy year and a half, performing all over town and most recently in Bangalore, India. Earlier, a video of a TED talk the company took part in, suggesting dancers should be used in place of PowerPoint to get across complex ideas, has become a viral video hit with more than 1.6 million views to date. blacklabelmovement.com

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