Choreography by Hope Mohr
I have never met her, but I love Hope Mohr
I think we could talk for hours about dance, movement, rhetoric even. I very much enjoyed the show and her dancers. Although her work is abstract, it still speaks, articulates, thinks. The program notes clearly reflect this attention/direction. The key, as it seems from the outside looking in, are dancers that can speak, articulate, and think with movement while holding performative space and doing performative practice. I think I did what the program notes asked me to do – to “stay inside [my] own subjective experience of these dances,” which is not easy to do, but easier with the right kind of dance and mood).
PS: went to Sandra Chin’s Professional Level ballet class and met James Graham, one of the dancers in the show. We both ducked out during a complicated petite allegro, and had a great conversation about the making of the dances (and wearing that awesome skirt). During our brief chat he reminded me that I am a dancer (even if I no longer get on stage) and that made me smile.
A fundraiser for a new dance collective/company run by James Sofranko (SFBallet). My friend with season tickets to SF Ballet got invited and then asked me to go; we kinda felt like the second cast. There was some dancing, drinking, and speaking.
Choreography by Margaret Jenkins, Katie Faulkner, and Risa Jaroslow
Last year I saw the Margaret Jenkins anniversary show at YBCA. It was the first time I had seen her work live, and it was a great show so I was keen to see what she’d been up to. I also wanted to go to see Katie Faulkner’s new piece, Coat of Arms. I was happily surprised to see Lauren Simpson dance again (Still Life for Two No. 2) but this time in a different piece – a lovely mover. Katie is also a lovely mover, and her piece was also lovely. The piece by Jenkins, A Gallery of Rooms, was not that interesting. The dancers were great – as expected – but the choreography didn’t seem to do much, or rather say much. I really wasn’t inspired by the end of the evening. I wasn’t disappointed. I was just….well, just.
PS – Just realized I didn’t write about Jaroslow’s two pieces, Thinking Aloud and Evolutionary Tales.