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‘Contemporary Color’: vivid if distant view of color guards
March 16, 2017
“Contemporary Color” is a concert documentary that celebrates the gathering of 10 color guards — flag-spinning, rifle-tossing squads that perform impressively choreographed routines to original songs from the likes of David Byrne and Nelly Furtado. Directors Bill and Turner Ross eschew scenes of the considerable preparations that go into this discipline and instead focus on the final performances — under one roof, and all in different styles. In following only the climactic event, the brainchild of Byrne, the filmmakers provide a formidable sensory experience, but with so many performers, we are left without a solid narrative thread. [...] there is plenty to enjoy in the spectacle of it all, as the young people take to the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for what probably will be their last hurrah as color guards. Perhaps the greatest joy of “Contemporary Color” is seeing how color guards seem to be open to everyone, of every color, shape, size, gender and sexual orientation.