It's a Cinderella story, a musical that is at once compelling and bizarre. Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal presented "Harry" on a program of four dances when it opened Thursday night at the Annenberg Center.
In Barak Marshall's account, it's not a glass slipper that is proffered for the foot that fits it, but a pot in search of its lid. Women line up with covers of all sizes, trying to force them on Harry's crockery, but the special someone holding the right lid must break free from a group forcibly holding her back.
This is just the beginning of a piece about love, death, and war. Harry's funeral is relived in several existential discussions, battles are fought by popping powder-filled balloons and tossing glittery confetti - and dancers speak. The dance is often a series of interconnected poses. One beautiful section has the cast of women telling the story in a series of fluttering hand movements.