Month: July 2015

July 10th, “95 Rituals (for Anna Halprin)”

Performance project by inkBoat, directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga, presented by Dancers’ Group.

We only stayed for 30 minutes because Alice got hungry.




The light, sound, colors, and movement were – yes, I am going to say it – perfect. For this perfection has to do with the totality of my experience, of seeing Alice transfixed (if only for 5 minutes at a time) by the movement, the warmth of the sun (so rare in July!), and my own delight.  The best –  when a dancer handed Alice a piece of tissue paper (on it was written, “who do you honor in your life?”).  Alice’s eyes were so wide and bright as she whispered: “thank you.”  The moment stayed with me all night – I was wrapped in happy.  



July 9th, “Bestiarium”

Choreographed by  Paige Starling Sorvillo and Violeta Luna with sound by Evelyn Ficarra

“It must be hot in those masks” (yes, I did say that during the Q & A).

It took some convincing, but I ended up really liking “Beastiarium (or a conversation on Empire and Multitude),” a “new work in progress.”  The movement from animal headed bodies (unicorn and rat) to naked humans was thoughtful and layered.  The excess and multitude on display in the dance was palpable, I felt it.  The dancers moved like animals, and like humans – they resided very much in between forms, identities,  genders, and attitudes.  It was odd, but an odd that was trying to say something about the present human condition that is both funny and disturbing.