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Art,' '[a conversation],' 'Tea and Apathy'
by Katie Phillips
January 9, 2003 --
The Place, London
"Tango Art," the first
piece of the evening, mixed, cut, and de-constructed traditional tango
steps and the mind-set of partner dancing. All three performers danced
to their own rhythm and vocals when their ear plugs were in and satisfying
Argentinean tango music when they took them out. Their tango steps were
fluid and flitting, with swishes, kicks, and cross overs, but frustratingly
intercepted by a hyper-complicated argument of leading, resisting, relaxing,
and accepting -- it didn't matter that lines were forgotten in this pseudo-acting
skit. The piece was coherent, but could have been richer -- in both visuals
and content, and could have contained less "singing."
Alice Sara's "[a conversation]" contained two beautiful dancers
and some striking movements, if not much actual conversing. The bland
costumes, washed out with stark lighting, were unfortunately draining
of stimulation from the onset. There is a lot of room in the piece for
the use of characterisation through eye contact, expression, and perhaps
humour. Numerous pieces of music were used for no apparent reason, and
funky up-beat sounds are great as long as it doesn’t look as if the dancers
are counting out the steps of a dance routine. And the guest appearance
of a toy orange lobster? Perhaps it should have been a wind up red herring
Chard Gonzalez' "Tea and Apathy" consisted of a monotone ride
through a sanatorium, with tubi-grip straight jacket costumes; improvised,
constrained movement; and a handful of stellar performers. A disheveled
looking David Leahy was definitely the star of the piece. Leaning on his
bass, it was ambiguous as to whether or not he was controlling the action
or just adding his musical talent to the visual collage of writhing, shaking,
Katie Phillips' article
was written for Resolution! Review on the Place's website. For more,
click here: Resolution!
Edited by Lori Ibay
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