Tuesday, May 9, 2017

IMPRESSIONS: Keigwin + Company's "Places Please"

Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott in Places Please! as part of Dance Now at Joe's Pub. Photo by Whitney Browne. 

When someone steps onstage, we, the audience, expect his or her best. But what’s that person like before the curtain goes up?

Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott take a sledgehammer to the real and symbolic structures of the stage in Places Please!, which premiered as part of Dance Now at Joe's Pub. Cycling through personal confessions, on-the-nose quips, and exuberant dancing, the two turn theatrical razzle dazzle inside out.

The show starts before the show should start. As people take their seats and sip cocktails, Keigwin and Wolcott mark through movement phrases, banter with show-goers, and chit chat with each other. Keigwin profanely checks the number of minutes until show time. Normally, these actions take place backstage where spectators remain oblivious to dancers’ nerves and pre-performance rituals.

The two provide other glimpses . . .

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