offoffoff dance
 RELATED PROJECTS

      







 ADVERTISEMENT













Site links
  • OFFOFFOFF Home
  • About OFFOFFOFF
  • 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
  • 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 Sampler 2
  • DanceNow 2011
  • DanceNow 2011 Two
  • Dancenow 2012
  • DanceNow 2013
  • DanceNow 2014
  • DanceNow 2016
  • Daniel Gwirtzman: The Oracle
  • DaOn Dance: Root
  • David Appel and Daniela Hoff: Take Root
  • The Dinner Party: A Whodunnit Cabaret
  • 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

  • HATCHed WAX: two to view
  • Heather Olson: Shy Showoff
  • Hilary Easton: The Constructors
  • Hurricane Party
  • Hyperbolic!
  • Jeanine Durning: To Being
  • Jenni Hong: Mach.com
  • 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
  • Nicole Wolcott: 100 Beginnings
  • Nicole Wolcott: Paper Pieces
  • NLD: The Whiz
  • Ori Flomin: First Move
  • Oui Danse: French Amour
  • Patricia Noworol Dance: Circuits
  • Performance Mix 2013
  • Performance Mix Festival 2010
  • Petronio 2012
  • Petronio: Underland
  • Pina Bausch: Vollmond
  • ponydance: Anybody Waitin?
  • 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
  • SeNSATE
  • 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: Mei Yamanaka and Angel Chinn
  • Tere OConnor: Bleed
  • This One Goes Out To You
  • Tiffany Mills Company
  • Tiffany Mills: After the Feast
  • Triskelion Collaborations
  • Two at Abrons
  • Two at Dixon Place
  • Tykulsker Cora
  • tykulskerdean
  • Valerie Green/Dance Entropy
  • Valerie Green: Impermanent Landscape
  • 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

    Archive


    Complete archive, 1999-present

    2016-2017 reviews:

  •  REVIEW: AVIVA GEISMAR

    Aviva Geismar

    Inner demons take hold

    Dramatic weather contributes all-too-appropriate angst to Aviva Geismar's latest creations in "The Fitting", a compelling program of troubled personalities.

    By LORI ORTIZ
    Offoffoff.com

    Rain pounded the darkened skylight setting the stage for Aviva Geismar's Drastic Action troupe as they played out those situations of extreme angst we might not expect in an evening's entertainment.

      
    AVIVA GEISMAR
    Choreography by: Aviva Geismar.
    Dancers: Vanessa Adato, Emily Bunning, Roberta Cooper, Aviva Geismar & Gina Jacobs.
     SCHEDULE
    Williamsburg Arts Nexus
    205 North 7th St.
    May 29 - June 1, 2003

    In "Sure Grip", Roberta Cooper flexes neck muscles we thought arcane and unnecessary. Her hands signal and flex with a grotesque beauty. She smiles with glee and flashes a glazed mischievous gaze. Her musicality convinces in this dance set to The Raymond Scott Orchestrette's rendition of Scott's dada jazz. With her sudden spins, silent laughter and self-abuse, Cooper's character seems to have handed the wheel to a private demon.

    In the quieter title piece, "The Fitting" Geismar and Emily Bunning latch in a codependent duet. Together they nod as if drugged. At first inseparable, they create an endlessly challenging puzzle play with the lines of their white arms intertwined over matching two-tone costumes. Like playful animals, they fall and separate and then reconnect reveling in the pleasure of their attachment. Harold Meltzer's music accompanies in fits and starts leaving gaps of silence where anticipation mounts.

    In "Durable Goods", Geismar and Vanessa Adato wear style-less blue pants and polo shirts. They frenetically slap post-its on themselves and on everything in sight. Alternately wrapping each other in packaging tape, they create a most restrictive environment. The cacophonous klezmer inspired music of Anabelle Chvostek adds to the discomfort of watching the dancers get in their own way.

    Geismar is glamorous in "Unbidden and Unhinged." Her vaudevillian gestures and gyrations are maniacal. She licks her finger as if in preparation. In a beige suit with black trim she is capricious. Like Pierrot, and Cooper in "Sure Grip", the unhinged character struggles to maintain dignity during her farcical acts. The unbidden persona non grata inspires more compassion than laughs.

    In Chvostek's score, double stops on a stringed instrument create a melodious accompaniment to a passage where two dancers represent innocent pleasure seekers. They wrestle, cloying, as lovers, breathing audibly and gasping.

    A most appealing guardian angel in red, transcends as danced by Gina Jacobs. Two stern judges come in to spoil the fun of "Unbidden·" in the artaudian theatre, "self vs. self".

    Noses down, The Drastic Action troupe doggedly tromps as if in an endless workday. Knee bandages show under restrictive gray skirts. They swing briefcases aggressively, stomping them on the floor and ramming them into each other's midsections. They do not, however, prove invulnerable and all these downtrodden fall, the stiff peter pan collars crushed, at last.

    Geismar and Drastic Action stage inner demons in "The Fitting," extracted from the pressures and joys of life and love. They express the anxiety that is propagated in an anxious culture. In the darkest of moments, the self-abuse ends fatally. Bright passionate performances lift the inevitable cloud formed of this dredging.

    JUNE 4, 2003
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Aviva Geismar:

  • Geismar Family History   from Lynne Cojac, Sep 15, 2006

  • Post a comment on "Aviva Geismar"