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O Vertigo Danse propelled by a relentless beat

Members of O Vertigo Danse perform “La Vie Qui Bat (The Beat of Life),” set to Steve Reich’s “Drumming,” at Jacob’s Pillow.
Members of O Vertigo Danse perform “La Vie Qui Bat (The Beat of Life),” set to Steve Reich’s “Drumming,” at Jacob’s Pillow.Karli Cadel/Jacob’s Pillow Dance

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BECKET — How perceptive of Walter Boudreau, the director of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, to suggest that Ginette Laurin, the founding director of O Vertigo Danse, choreograph a piece to Steve Reich’s iconic composition “Drumming.” The resulting 1999 work, “La Vie Qui Bat (The Beat of Life)” — performed this week at Jacob’s Pillow, with Boudreau conducting — is, like its music, both repetitive and exultant, the continuously streaming movement a physical prose poem whose dynamics wax and wane.

Reminiscent of and in some ways the daughter of Lucinda Childs’s seminal 1979 “Dance,” the nine dancers in “La Vie Qui Bat” are given a fairly small and simple vocabulary with which patterns and phrases are layered. A straightforward restlessness drives the work forward.

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