By Akram Khan Company
I took my brother; I think he enjoyed it more than me.
I was interested, and also a little disappointed. I think I was expecting something a little “more” and I’m not sure that I mean by that yet. The dancers were strong and I liked the movement aesthetic, overall, but something was missing for me. There was a stunning solo in purple light – her body moved with such precision and abandon. I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe I was distracted by learning that Anish Kapoor had designed the set. I saw his piece, Leviathan, in Paris 2011 so my expectations might have been (too) high. Even so, I still wanted more – a message, question, or statement.
Part of Hope Mohr Dance; Bridge Project, Rewriting Dance
A few preliminaries:
- The full title: “Talk the Walk: Local Artists at the Intersection of Language and Dance
- I also went to the Jennifer Durning Workshop 11/7 and 11/8
- I am scrambling to write this before I see my next performance
Sticking to the theme of “writing about everything I see”:
Bear Writes an Equation about Death, Maureen Whiting
Movement Studies for Splinters in our Ankles, Gerald Casel
Not sure about this one.
minifesto, Hope Mohr
More please (pun kind-of intended).
Breath Catalog Curio #8a (Fragment: Pre-articulation), Megan Nicely
Still Life No 1 (excerpt), Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg
Be still my heart! I was go giddy; I have now seen all three. I loved all 3 and want to see them all again.
untitled, Mauryr Kerr
Not sure about this one either.
An afterthought: My responses here are not isolated by any means. The two days of working with Jeanine Durning facilitated a number of conversations and embodied experiences that culminated in the seeing of these pieces. I arrived alone to the theater, but I was not alone. There was a sense of community that had built up over the two days and I could sense it all around me. As I sat and watched, I felt attended to as an audience member. “The whole” resonated much more than the individual parts.
There was choreography. There was acrobatics. There was thinking happening. There was Shostakovich.
I was asked in April if I wanted to purchase any tickets for the CalPerformances 2015/2016 season. This was the only one I picked for 2015. I chose this show because it looked different, and because I could hang out with a friend I don’t get to see nearly enough. It was fun even if it didn’t say much.