And as in the line from Milton's ode The Hymn: "The stars with deep amaze, stand fix'd in steadfast gaze," Caruso's dancing appeared to transfix the heavens and the sold-out audience.
Commentary
  • Powerful. Phenomenal! The choreography, the dancer, everything about this transports you to places you would not expect. You feel the dancer's emotions as if they were your own. If you see one dance for the year, this should be it.
  • What a wonderful unexpected hour from a brilliant ballerina! I couldn't take my eyes off of her.
  • Truly wonderful. One of the best dance performances I have ever seen. Bravo to the dancer.
  • Maria Caruso's work always leaves an indelible impression of emotions. Her performance created an experience that invited the audience to be on that emotional journey. I am glad that I went. During these stressful times, the performance gave me personal justification that what I am feeling is real and is manifested by her articulation.
  • It was wonderfully made!!!! Maria told her whole life story on stage so gracefully. She was literally "killing me softly" Amazing. What a sensation to be so captivated by dance. I was in tears but then uplifted in believing I will rise. Thank you, Bravo, Bravo!!!!
  • Don't miss this stunning performance! Maria Caruso is an amazing dancer in this one woman show. I was totally captivated by her stunning performance of the life cycles and emotions one experiences in life. I left the theatre with such JOY for being alive. Totally recommend before her run is over!
  • Maria Angelica Caruso fills the stage with her presence as she dances her personal story. She choreographed her raw emotions to draw you into the experience. I felt every feeling flowing from one to the next with Martha Graham inspired transitions. It is a must see!
  • FANTASTIC! Have not seen anything that BEAUTIFUL since seeing Sylvia Guillem premiere ballerina. MUST SEE!!
  • A very unusual, very lovely performance. Highly skilled artist.
  • Maria Angelica's dance performance was strong, exquisite and breath taking. It was a beautiful production and not too long. Definitely recommend and would enjoy seeing it again.
  • Maria Caruso's performance was beautiful. I rarely attend a dance performance but was curious and wanted to try something out of my norm and now I would recommend this to anyone.
  • An amazing hour of a continuous solo dance. Tremendous variety of styles and techniques to explore five "acts" of a woman's life. The performance, like all good art, has left me thinking all morning after last night's performance about dance, life stories, and re-imagining the lines and movements great dancers can produce.
  • The performance did not let me down. Ms. Caruso, with well executed sweeps and twirls, illustrates the roadblocks to living like anger, lust and fear. It is the soul yearning to be free that it is expressed through the well sculpted self of Ms. Caruso.
  • I never saw anything just like this performance. Caruso kept me riveted to her moves and the emotions she expressed. It was theater through dance and especially poignant because it was my first live indoor theatrical experience since the beginning of the pandemic. Thank you Maria!
  • Wonderful show! What a great dancer and actor! Metamorphosis at its best! Thanks!
  • Exceedingly moving performance. Excellent dancer! Would see again.
  • The performance was completely heartfelt, intense. I felt every movement. It was amazing!!!!!
  • My partner & I enjoyed watching her graceful movements, expressions, emotions & and the music.
  • Amazing talent! Definitively highly recommend!
  • Extraordinary, moved to tears...and smiles. Authentic and emotional.
  • Beautiful
  • An excellent and beautiful performance! I would see it again and bring more friends!
  • Extraordinary and intense performance by the artist. Wonderful experience!
  • Talented dancer. Emotionally moving and attention getting.
  • Very real, very good performance
  • Very interesting and professional dance performance. Very worthwhile.
  • The performance was extraordinary in concept & execution. The applause was long-term and so well-deserved.  
  • Wonderful performance - fantastic and imaginative. Unique interpretation - thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.
  • It was truly an amazing performance!!
  • I enjoyed the performance very much. What an artist and dancer!
  • Maria Caruso is amazing!!!
  • Maria Caruso is a fabulous dancer. Her performance was powerful and it required so much athletic strength, endurance and dance skill.
  • Maria Angelica Caruso is unique, outstanding performance!
  • It was excellent dancing and very moving.
  • I have always been a Martha Graham fan and this performance did not let me down of course the choreography and costumes I am familiar with but all was well executed!
  • Great show!!
  • Amazing performance by a talented dancer...
  • Bravo!!! Just use your imagination and enjoy very talented work!!
  • Was captivating and meditating at same time. Highly suggest to couples!
  • Beautiful show. She's graceful, brings out unexpected emotions from her dance. So talented!
  • Awesome show. Well presented, moving, with extraordinary skill!
  • Loved it!
  • Excellent performance and they even gave us wine before the show. She was a wonderful dancer, very expressive and successfully performed a very very difficult and emotional piece. Highly recommended.
  • This was a really emotive performance. It touched on issues of frustration, serenity and ultimately growth. The artist really sinks a lot of energy into this performance. Overall I would recommend this performance to anyone who appreciates dance.
  • Very nice, really good performance.
  • Second time seeing this performance. Loved it even more this time!
  • She was great! Thoughtful show filled with gorgeous dance and lots of emotional content - she spoke with those of us who hung out afterwards which was a delight too!
  • It was a most enjoyable experience on both an emotional and intellectual level. The artist provided mineral water and white wine as we entered the venue. The performance was extraordinary and original. Ms. Caruso engaged with the audience after the performance and answered questions. The program was printed on glossy stock and I noticed such care and attention to detail: She valued her audience's total experience and I felt it before, during and after the performance. I am seeing her tonight at another venue. Her dedication to dance and her audience is as rare and appreciated.
  • This multi-level of intensity show is earthbound, then catapulting into the stratosphere in emotional intensity... Not to be seen since The golden era... top-level, authentic movement. Put all that together with the solo show with "rock 'em sock em versatility.
  • A gifted dancer shows life's changes through interpretive movement.
  • Metamorphosis is an emotionally charged performance representing different segments of one woman's existential journey. Costuming is creatively used to show the transition between each segment. The talk back after added even more meaning to her powerful choreography
  • WONDERFUL SHOW- highly recommend seeing it. Maria Caruso is an incredible dancer! She tells a very interesting story using only her body, movement and expressions- I'd love to see it again!
  • Stupendous! To be around good live high-quality dance that takes your heart away for the entire performance is extraordinary in any circumstances. Could bring a guest to share this experience because it lets me repeat this performance, it is exquisite and LIVE like live with a capital L!
  • A wonderful flawless performance by a wonderful Dancer/Choreographer. Not to be missed!
  • Highly recommend this stunning performance! Performance: amazing! Beautifully choreographed and powerful content.
  • Maria Caruso, whose dance work, Rearview Mirror, I also recently saw and enjoyed, is a creative choreographer and an extraordinary dancer. *Metamorphosis*, a solo dance work, is highly original in its conception and flawless in its execution. As I read the dance, it is the journey of a woman from almost cosmic innocence through various 'feeling phases' of her life. Maria also designed the costumes which are integral to the dance; they are beautiful, and 'work' for the several sections of the work (she changes costumes several times on stage). For the most part I also liked the new age-y music. The small theater worked well for the piece.
  • Enriching and visceral with emotion expressed in the fluid movements of the dancer. It was an amazing experience. I'd recommend anyone to watch this performance.
  • Lovely performance-smart, tasteful, and timely.
  • A brilliant performance! It was a pleasure to see such beauty and competence in one package. Thank you Maria Caruso
  • Very good dancer, an interesting concept.
  • It was a very moving performance. Beautiful flow.
  • Excellent. Wonderful portrayal of inner feelings of birth, irritation, imprisonment, control, and acceptance.
  • Very beautiful and deep.
  • Well done! Splendid, a journey that touches life in its essences, I love it!
  • Excellent solo performance. Highly recommend.
  • Wonderful Show I loved it.
  • EXCELLENT - saw it 3 times.
  • Magical. Mystical. Marvelous.
  • It was a very well-put-together show: music, costumes, lighting, dance execution and passionate interpretation. Caruso is a true artist. I fully enjoyed it!
  • Excellent performance with the changing movements and facial expressions. Touching!
  • I really enjoyed the show. Very beautiful, elegant, full of emotions. Very talented dancer.
  • Wonderful performance. Looking forward to seeing more from this creative artist.
  • Fascinating and very creative interpretation of Metamorphosis. Definitely worth a trip to Actor's Temple to see an outstanding ballerina/dancer deliver a non-verbal, at times visceral, performance that requires no words for its interpretation. Riveting.
  • Stellar performance in an intimate setting! Highly recommended.
  • Metamorphosis was an exquisite display of physical prowess and emotional variance. Maria Caruso performed the work wonderfully, and kept us enthralled the entire time. The performance executed very simple ideas very well, and kept you guessing. I would have placed money on the red dress being the finale, but I was wrong. There was an enduring theme of transformation towards self-acceptance that was highlighted by wonderful vignettes of Caruso dancing with a silk (representing her skin and self). The performance was engaging from top to bottom, and I had a great time.
  • An incredibly impassioned dance done exquisitely more exciting than we had even anticipated wound up speaking to the dancer afterwards wonderful insight into what she does a must see.
  • EXCELLENT!!
  • Excellent. Caruso was amazing. An hour of pure delight.
  • This was an outstanding show. A must see for younger dancers.
  • Magnificent piece of artistry. Go!!
  • This was an amazing, beautiful and fluid performance. There was no dialogue, only dance and music, so you were free to use your imagination to fill in the meaning of the movements and costume changes.
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