Performing Arts: Dance
October 5, 2015
"What the day owes to the night," a US Premiere for Algerian born choreographer Herve Koubi, led the evening off in silence and stillness amongst 12 bare-chested, sculpted men facing stage center. From the potency of that quiet came a burst of aerial flips and capoeira leg swings. The concentration of the dancers, and their trajectories are fascinating, making this piece mysteriously compelling, despite its false endings and repeated vocabulary.

Stephen McRae, a principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, put on tap shoes to circle the stage in a virtuosic, prestissimo solo inspired by “Czardas, with music by Vittoria Monti.

Pam Tanowitz’ "One Last Good Chance," a Fall for Dance Co-Commission with Vail International Dance Festival, involves three dancers from American Ballet Theatre: Tyler Maloney, Devon Teuscher, and Calvin Royal III. Royal enters midway to repeat the same choreography just performed by Maloney and Teuscher, only three times as fast. Performed to live music by Greg Saunier, Quarters 1 & 2, this piece set itself apart as a period study with its deliberate design of body, space and lighting. Tanowitz conjures memories of the 50s’ abstract expressionism.

Closing the program was Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, premiered 2013 by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. While it may not evoke the same ecstatic emotional involvement as “Revelations,” Four Corners is unforgettable in its power to evoke a trance. Brown has the knack. His dances are so organic that they don’t appear to be choreographed, so much as lived. He lets a rhythmic, gestural pattern continue until, perhaps, he senses that the audience has caught on. The rule of three - once for introduction, second for recognition, and third for participation - extends in Brown’s world to 8 or 12 repetitions. Just as the audience start gyrating slightly in our seats, Brown starts a new pattern, sometimes for one dancer, at most eleven. The lighting by Al Crawford has so many shifts that it could stand on its own. The colors in the headscarfs and back-revealing dresses by Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya blend perfectly with the lighting.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY - Deirdre Towers

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