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July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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Fresh season, fresh dance
By Julian Wise
Patricia N. Nanon Residency Premieres at The Yard blew in like a blast
of fresh spring air after a long, cold winter. The blend of seasoned
choreographers with fresh, dynamic new talent gave the evening a mood
of electric creativity as the dancers premiered their latest work.
crouches front and center as the entire cast performs Patricia
Nanon's five-part "Search, Discover," exploring
a wide range of human emotions. Photos by Betsy Corsiglia
Alice Lee Holland is airborne in Melana Lloyd's "Opt
Out," danced to music by Arvo Part. On the floor are
Lindsay Clark (front) and Melana Lloyd.
Of The Ilk was the creation of Australian choreographer/dancer
Alice Lee Holland. The piece began in silence as dancer Melana L.
Lloyd entered the darkened stage through a side window and began a
series of cryptic, silent movements which culminated in Ms. Lloyd
arching her back and then collapsing to the floor in a fetal position.
Dancer Richard P. Decker entered a moment later through the window
and the two began to writhe on the floor in yoga-like poses whose
gestures suggested both surrender and support. As the bell-like tones
of Telfon Tel Avivs Fahrenheit Fair Enough and the
electronica beats of Boom Bips Popsicle played,
the dancers slicked the floor with their sweat as they writhed about
before rising through a series of movements that depicted struggle
Nonesuch, by Choreographer Adam Hoagland, a Julliard graduate,
featured dancers Lindsay Clark, Andrew Cowan, Kristen Foote, Dominic
Santia, and Paul Singh interweaving among each other in a series of
quick, kinetic, flowing motions. At times they coalesced in organic,
cellular patterns, creating a sense of cryptic unity with invisible
patterns and internal logic. Over the classical strains of a Brahms
composition they alternated between group and solo movements characterized
by muscular, flowing motions. The dancers used their physicality to
suggest both fierce independence and vulnerability as they lifted
each other into the air and spun each other about across the floor.
Choreographer Andrew Cowans Opt Out, featuring Lindsay
Clark, Alice Lee Holland, and Melana Lloyd, depicted the three dancers
barefoot in jean shorts and sweatshirts, stepping slowly to the dirge-like
piano notes of Arvo Parts Fratres. The piece conveyed
a mood of trepidation as the frantic violin notes accompanied their
oscillation between frozen poses and explosions of frenetic movement.
At one point the dancers dropped to the floor, only to rise moments
later in slow motion as though resurrected.
Patricia Nanon directed Search, Discover, the final piece
of the evening. Lindsay Clark, Andrew Cowan, Richard Decker, Kristen
Foote, Alice Lee Holland, Melana Lloyd, Dominic Santia, and Paul Singh
began the dance with elegant spins, crouches, and arm lifts. As the
notes of the Leos Janacek String Quartet No. 1 filled the air, the
dancers moved with precision through a series of movements that had
a theatrical, narrative tone. By combining music with expressive movement,
the dancers entered and exited the stage like characters in a drama,
perceiving invisible vistas and backdrops with rapt gazes. The dramatic
interplay among the dancers was reminiscent of the kinetic tableaus
created by Jerome Robbins in West Side Story. At one point,
two dancers wielded poles as though blind, tapping out messages to
each other before finding each other and uniting in the center of
the stage. The piece ended with joyous union as the dancers move with
jig-like steps, creating a celebratory, springtime tone. As the lights
faded the dancers gathered in a circle, their hands raised like petals
of a blooming flower. When the lights rose, the graceful Ms. Nanon
joined the dancers onstage for a bow. The audience responded with
enthusiastic applause, setting the tone for a vibrant season ahead
at The Yard.
Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing in
music, film, and the performing arts.
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