April 22, 2012 |
Great ideas. Poor execution. That sums up the hokey nightclub reenactment "Electro Shutdown and the Pea," put on Saturday by Next Reflex Dance Collective at Dance Place. This five-year-old company is led by, and stocked largely with, local university dance-program graduates, and it aims to experiment. For this piece, they transformed Dance Place into a nightclub ("the Pea") by using the whole space for the event and placing the live band ("Electro Shutdown") high in the bleachers.
September 18, 2011 |
When the dancers of Pearson Widrig Dance Theater fall to the ground, it's rarely with a soft, sensible landing. Rather, their risky balances, flailing leaps and floor-grazing slides all seem to come crashing down in a glorious, bone-rattling thud. This propensity for big, sweeping movement that ultimately ends in a heap on the floor exemplifies what choreographers Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig are all about — taking chances and testing the human body's limits. The company's Saturday performance at Dance...
April 5, 2012 |
"There will be a swan, a prince, a robot, sexual behavior and two chairs. Sometimes all at once," New York choreographer Wally Cardona is fond of saying about "Tool Is Loot," his project with French choreographer Jennifer Lacey. Their serio-comic work, which will be performed at Dance Place this weekend, combines movement non sequiturs, sundry found elements and a few wry surprises. The evening-length piece, elements of which were performed last year by Cardona, has truly been a collaborative process.
April 27, 2012 |
NEW YORK — It's noon on a mid-April Monday, and Kyle Abraham is worried about money. Not because he hasn't filed his taxes yet (though he hasn't) but because he's the artistic director of his own nascent dance company , and one of his dancers hasn't shown up. "I don't know what I'm going to do," the choreographer says. "I have six hours of studio time, but I'm down a dancer. " As he talks he has his feet crossed in third position, he's slowly going up on his toes, arms arced above his head.
March 22, 2009
Vincent E. Thomas is a passionate choreographer. When he performs, anguish washes over his handsome face, whether he is gracefully turning or crouched down, whipping his arms like leather lashes. Thomas is also black, gay and politically provocative. All three traits play into his evening-length work, "Witness," which debuted as a Kennedy Center commission last fall and received its second Washington staging Saturday at Dance Place. Eight young female dancers -- mostly students at, or recent graduates of,...
May 20, 2013 |
Touch is the major communication tool of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. As men and women lean, lift, lower, tumble and roll each other around, they rarely depend on visual cues but instead communicate through a language stemming from contact improvisation. This practice grounds the ensemble in its confident placement of weight and balance, lending a stylistic cohesion that is deeply satisfying. Clearly, the dancers trust one another other and their material. Morgan incorporates the architecture of...