offoffoff dance



Site links
  • Contact us

    Get our newsletter:
    Search the site:

    Dance section
  • Dance main page
  • Dance archive

    Current dance

  • 277DanceProject: This is Heaven to Me
  • A.W.A.R.D. Stars
  • Aaron McGloin: Lamina
  • Aaron McGloin: Native
  • Akiko Furukawa: Room 702
  • Alley of the Dolls [this is not a Sequel]
  • Anchors and Ties
  • Antonio Ramos: Almodovar Dystopia
  • Aretha Aoki and Benjamin Kimitch
  • BAADass Women Festival
  • Banana Peel Dance: Dinner Party
  • The Barnard Project 2010
  • Batsheva: Hora
  • Belinda McGuire
  • Bennyroyce Royon: Chronos Project
  • Bloom: City
  • Body Collider: Bare Knuckle High Fashion
  • Brian Brooks
  • Brian Brooks Moving Company 2012
  • Bryn Cohn: Skin
  • Burr Johnson
  • Chavasse Dance and Performance
  • Chris Schlichting: Stripetease
  • ChristinaNoel and the Creature
  • Chunky Move: Faker
  • Chunky Move: Mortal Engine
  • Cool NY 2011
  • Cool NY 2012
  • Current Sessions: 03Savings
  • The Current Sessions: Volume 1
  • Da-on Dance: Thirst
  • Dance Apocalypse: Solos
  • Dance Gallery 2013
  • Dance Gallery 2015
  • Dance Gallery Festival
  • Dance Gallery Festival 2012
  • Dance Now 2015
  • Dance Now 2019
  • Dance Sampler 2
  • DanceNow 2011
  • DanceNow 2011 Two
  • Dancenow 2012
  • DanceNow 2013
  • DanceNow 2014
  • DanceNow 2016
  • DanceNow 2017
  • DanceNow 2018
  • Daniel Gwirtzman: The Oracle
  • DaOn Dance: Root
  • David Appel and Daniela Hoff: Take Root
  • The Dinner Party: A Whodunnit Cabaret
  • Donnell Oakley Magnificent Marginal
  • Donnell Oakley: Sure
  • DorothyAnnieMaria
  • Doug Varone and Dancers 2017
  • Dumbo Dance 2010
  • Dumbo Dance 2011
  • Dumbo Dance Festival 2012
  • Faye Driscoll: Thank You for Coming
  • Faye Driscoll: There is so much mad in me
  • Faye Driscoll: You r Me
  • Festival Twenty Ten
  • Festival Twenty Ten Too
  • FLICfest 2012
  • FLICfest 2013
  • Fresh Tracks 2010
  • Fresh Tracks 2011
  • Gallim: Sit, Kneel, Stand
  • Gerald Casel: Fluster and Plot
  • Gotham Dance Sampler 1
  • Green Space:
    Take Root

  • Gwen Gussman: Nourishment
  • HATCHed WAX: two to view
  • Heather Olson: Shy Showoff
  • Hilary Easton: The Constructors
  • Hurricane Party
  • Hyperbolic!
  • Jeanine Durning: To Being
  • Jenni Hong:
  • Jody Oberfelder: The Soldier's Tale
  • John Jasperse: Canyon
  • Jonah Bokaer: Rules of the Game
  • Jonathan Pratt
  • Julian Barnett: Sound Memory
  • Julie Bour: Why Now?
  • Katie Workum: Black Lakes
  • Katie Workum: Fruitlands
  • Katie Workum: Herkimer Diamonds
  • Katy Orthwein and Aaron McGloin
  • Keigwin and Wolcott: Places Please
  • Keigwin+Company 2012
  • kerPlunk and Friends
  • Kidd Pivot: Dark Matters
  • Kota Yamazaki: Rays of Space
  • Kyle Abraham: Heartbreaks and Homies
  • Larry Keigwin: Exit
  • Lincoln Center Kenan Fellows
  • lmno3:BANGS
  • Lucy Guerin: Structure and Sadness
  • Lucy Guerin: Untrained
  • Magda and Chelsea: The Vulgar Early Works
  • Mari Meade and Companies
  • Mari Meade and Gierre Godley
  • Mari Meade and Teresa Fellion
  • Mari Meade: Not My Home
  • Mark Dendy: Labyrinth
  • Mark Dendy: NYny Astor Place
  • martha clarke: angel reapers
  • Martha Graham Company 2016
  • The Median Movement: JACK Rally
  • The Median Movement: X
  • Mei Yamanaka Works: Sunflower
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Miguel Gutierrez: And lose the name of action
  • Mina Nishimura
  • MokdessiWagner and Kawamura
  • Nathan Trice: Recognizing Women Project
  • Neta Dance: 2280 Pints!
  • newsteps 2013
  • newsteps 2014
  • Newsteps 2017
  • Newsteps 2018
  • newsteps 2019
  • Nicole Wolcott: 100 Beginnings
  • Nicole Wolcott: Paper Pieces
  • NLD: The Whiz
  • Only Human: Christine Bonansea
  • Ori Flomin: First Move
  • Oui Danse: French Amour
  • Patricia Noworol Dance: Circuits
  • Perforations Festival
  • Performance Mix 2013
  • Performance Mix 2017
  • Performance Mix Festival 2010
  • Performance Mix Festival 2018
  • Petronio 2012
  • Petronio: Underland
  • Pina Bausch: Vollmond
  • ponydance: Anybody Waitin?
  • The Principles of Uncertainty
  • Project RUIN
  • Purchase Company 2013
  • Ralph Lemon: How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?
  • Raw Directions 2012
  • Raw Directions 2013
  • Relative Soul: Two Takes
  • Richard Move: Martha 1963
  • RoseAnne Spradlin: beginning of something
  • Sam Kim: Sister to a Fiend
  • Sarah Skaggs Dance: The New Ecstatic
  • Sarah Skaggs: Roving 911 Memorial
  • Shamel Pitts: Black Velvet
  • Shannon Gillen & Guests: Clap for the Wolfman
  • Shannon Gillen: A Colored Image of the Sun
  • Shen Wei Dance Arts
  • small apple co.
  • Splice: Japan
  • Stephen Petronio 2014
  • Stephen Petronio 2015
  • Stephen Petronio 2016
  • Stephen Petronio: LLD 430
  • Strange Love: Episode 5
  • Take Dance
  • Take Root: Angharad Davies and Amber Sloan
  • Take Root: Mei Yamanaka and Angel Chinn
  • Tere OConnor: Bleed
  • TheCraft
  • This One Goes Out To You
  • Tiffany Mills Company
  • Tiffany Mills: After the Feast
  • Tiffany Mills: The Blue Room
  • Triskelion Collaborations
  • Two at Abrons
  • Two at Dixon Place
  • Tykulsker Cora
  • tykulskerdean
  • Valerie Green/Dance Entropy
  • Valerie Green: Impermanent Landscape
  • Vim Vigor: Forever
  • Walter Dundervill: Candy Mountain
  • Wave Rising 2011
  • William Forsythe at BAM
  • William Forsythe: Decreation
  • Women in Motion 2012
  • Wrought Iron Fog
  • Yoshiko Chuma and Rebecca Lazier
  • Zvidance: Dabke+Coupling
  • ZviDance: Zoom


    Complete archive, 1999-present

    2018-2019 reviews:


    Cadence Callers Tony Silva, Fernando Maneca and Liam Clancy illustrate the joys of navy life. in First Weekends, October 1999
    "Cadence Callers" Tony Silva, Fernando Maneca and Liam Clancy illustrate the joys of navy life.

    Meet the artist

    Three "First Weekend" dance-and-chat performancess — starting with an autobiographical piece in which our hero, a sort of dancer's Spalding Gray, explores the choreographical question, "Why did I join the Navy?"


    At times, it can be more satisfying to see a theater piece in the process of becoming rather than in its final form. When that is combined with the chance to discuss the work afterwards with its creators, the result is theater returned to its context, the community it serves. This is one of the lures of the Gowanus Arts Exchange's "First Weekend — New Dance and Discussion" fall series, which kicked off the season Oct. 1 and 2 with three short works choreographed by Shannon Hummel, Sharon Mansur and Liam Clancy. While only Hummel's work was billed as a work-in-progress, all three share a sense of expectant exploration.

    Choreography by: Liam Clancy, Shannon Hummel, Sharon Mansur.
    Includes individual dances: "The Cadence Callers" by Liam Clancy; "Down A Small Road" by Shannon Hummel; "Lightfast" by Sharon Mansur
    Dancers: Liam Clancy, Fernando Maneca, Tony Silva, Shannon Hummel, Vaness Adato, Pele Bauch, Donna Costello, Sharon Mansur.
    Clancy's piece, "The Cadence Callers," is based on his own painful coming-of-age experiences in the U.S. Navy, depicted to alternately hilarious and thought-provoking effect. At half an hour the longest of the three works, it was also the most fully imagined, transcending its dance label and emerging as a work of total theater. Clancy is a kind of dancer's Spalding Gray and his loosely-structured monologues that punctuate the choreographed vignettes were the heart of the piece. His poker-faced droll sense of humor and endearing honesty enchant the audience even as they grapple with his central question to himself, "Why did I join the Navy?"

    Sharon Mansur. in First Weekends, October 1999  
    Sharon Mansur.
    That Mr. Clancy's monologues, which he has said he patterned on Gray's unscripted, outline style of storytelling, are so engaging in no way minimizes his considerable talent as a dancer and choreographer. He uses authentic military cadences ("I'm gonna be a killing man / A cutting man / The best I can / For Uncle Sam") and has created a winning ballet with toilet seats and scrub brushes, set to a Spike Jones recording. The Keystone Kops live!

    He is joined by two equally adept dancers, Fernando Maneca and Tony Silva (also collaborating in the choreography), whose darkly-nuanced interrogation tango is one of the most provocative moments of the evening. "The Cadence Callers" was a less personal, more broadly drawn parody and commentary on Navy life when first presented as part of the first New York Fringe Theater Festival two years ago. As seen at Gowanus in Brooklyn last weekend, it has found its center in the edgy persona of Mr. Clancy's narrator.

    Two excerpts from Shannon Hummel's longer work-in-progress, "Down a Small Road," explore the complexities of lifelong relationships among women living a hardscrabble existence in a remote rural community. To the mournful strains of a hillbilly banjo, the four women dancers each take their turn breaking from an upstage frieze of connecting and extended elbows and hips. This initial image conjured the blue-collar weariness in the paintings of Thomas Hart Benton. A recurring gesture is bending over with a stab of pain in the lower back. With small gesture and impressive conviction, Hummel?s dancers evoked the unadorned struggle of women trapped in lives not entirely of their own making.

      A key element of the First Weekend series is to let the creators and performers discuss their work with the audience after the performance. in First Weekends, October 1999
      A key element of the "First Weekend" series is to let the creators and performers discuss their work with the audience after the performance.
    The second excerpt movingly portrayed the hardships of waitresses working in a rural greasy spoon restaurant as they grind themselves to dull frustration repeating the drill of taking orders, cleaning tables and delivering food. The dancers each take their turn collapsing on the floor in bouts of uncontrolled hysterical laughter. Significantly, without undue affection or sentiment, each crumpled victim is in turn attended to by the others and helped back on her feet, to resume the daily struggle anew.

    The choreography reveals something carefully observed about nervous collapse and the bonds of friendship that perhaps are the only thing to prevent these women from succumbing to the horror of lives spent in isolated places. One waitress's final breakdown suggests a Charlie Chaplin gone berserk with repetitive-motion-induced twitches as in "Modern Times."

    Performing nearly in silence, Sharon Mansur brought a sprite's quick flashes of energy and invention to her solo improvisation-based "Lightfast." While something of a mystery from a narrative standpoint, "Lightfast" could be appreciated for Mansur's accomplishment as a dancer. With cropped dark hair and a piercing gaze, there was one moment when she suggested a female Franz Kafka, lost in imaginative flight. At another point, she was like a moth spurred to a frenzy in the light of a back porch on a summer's night.

    The Gowanus Arts Exchange is at 421 Fifth Avenue, off 8th Street in Park Slope, and strives to serve the multicultural communities of Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn and Prospect Heights. Those who make the trip from Manhattan will not be turned away. If this kickoff weekend was an indication, there is great promise in subsequent offerings this fall season.

    OCTOBER 5, 1999

    Post a comment on "First Weekends, October 1999"