This was the first time I had seen Ronald K. Brown and his company. What you hear and what you see is infectious and when I spilt out on to the streets of NYC from the Joyce Theater, I didn't want to go back to my hotel - I wanted to go out and dance. Now isn't that a testimony to Brown's success? (Particularly as I had something approaching terminal jetlag.)
Notwithstanding Kisselgoff's praise for Brown's solo, "For you," a New York premiere, I found it the weakest part of the programme. It falls into my "poor use of the floor" category. I am not a fan of over-use of the floor and dragging yourself along it should be used sparingly and not repeated like a chorus refrain. I wasn't sure what Brown was trying to achieve beyond out-dancing his own dancers and distinguishing himself from their talent.
The rest of the programme I enjoyed, particularly the opening piece "High Life" where dancers traverse the stage in line reflecting the song in the background. The whole evening has energy and purpose and I admire that kind of devotion in a company. I have seen far too many languid contemporary works in London recently where dancers dribble across the stage with no real conviction, leaving me cold and indifferent.
I will look forward to Brown's trip to London imminently as part of the HIP Festival. HIP Festival London
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