Thursday, December 18, 2014

Impressions of Chia-Ying Kao’s “Where Your Voices Are”


Chia-Ying Kao's "Where Your Voices Are" at Triskelion Arts. Photo by Stephen Delas Heras. 

It can feel like an us against them world out there. Them can be anybody who’s different than us: men, women, black people, white people, Asian people, gay people, straight people, and the list goes on. As the world shrinks and more people compete for resources, clashes between cultures become commonplace. These interactions between disparate individuals are at the root of Chia-Ying Kao’s “Where Your Voices Are,” which received its premiere at Triskelion Arts’ Aldous Theater. 

Dancer Beau Dobson drives this point home with an opening monologue as, upstage, three gray-clad women tangle themselves into knots of sculptural beauty. He invites us to share stories about a time when someone different from us encroached upon our life, upsetting our homeostasis. Dobson concludes by asking us to consider who has the power: the one yelling or the one taking the heat?

It’s a provocative question, but the balance of “Where Your Voices Are”...

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Impressions of Neil Greenberg's "This"


Neil Greenberg's "This" at New York Live Arts. Photo by Ian Douglas. 

Columnist for The Scientific American Michael Shermer states, “Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.” In other words, we are wired to find meaning, our brains helpless to understand the subtleties of statistical probability. Life isn’t random; to us, it’s packed with significance.

Neil Greenberg is having none of it. In “This,” which receives its premiere at New York Live Arts, the choreographer continues his exploration of meaning­, or, in his view, the non-essentiality of interpretation. The work unfolds in three sections, loosely demarcated by the colors of the dancers’ pajama-like costumes: prison blue, sleek turquoise, ribbed beige.

There are only four (terrific) performers — Molly Lieber, Mina Nishimura, Omagbitse Omagbemi, and Connor Voss — but the stage, bare save two light banks, hums and bustles with activity. Greenberg bastes together tufts of movement derived from... 

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