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  •  REVIEW: KEIGWIN + COMPANY

      Keigwin + Company
    Keigwin + Company = Showtime

    Keigwin + Company, six dancers performing highlights from Larry Keigwin's diverse repertoire, dazzle with dynamite physicality and dance that resonates.

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com


    For his first evening-length concert, Larry Keigwin and his Company put together five solid pieces that held four amazing, rip-it-up and nail-it-down solos.

    KEIGWIN + COMPANY
    Choreography by: Larry Keigwin.
    Dancers: Alexander Gish, Verena Tremel, Larry Keigwin, Ashley Gilbert, Nicole Wolcott, Julian Barret.
     SCHEDULE
    Joyce SoHo
    155 Mercer (btw. Houston and Prince)
    Feb. 28 - March 2, 2003

      
    His own solo, "Sunshine," tickles at first, breaking the audience in with humor and whimsy, and then it slams into an ending with enough drama and power to completely erase the initial titillation of watching a man dance in his tighty-whitey underwear. Throughout, his quick fluidity and elastic power keep anticipation high.

    As in all the pieces of the evening, his is movement married to music, with songs as well cast as the four dancers who join him in the second piece, "Tetris." This is a group of five beautiful dancers on the same page, and the energy bouncing between them quickly fills the room. Though "Tetris" is based on the ubiquitous early video game, it only touches the feeling of the game occasionally, in moments of quickly reorienting pieces and in a very convincing simulation of the increasing pace and tension of a tetris game sustained for more than a few minutes. Again, this piece begins in a state of whimsy and progresses to another level, ending with a play on the interaction of people and the loneliness of the person-piece that ultimately doesn't fit and ends the game of interaction.

      Keigwin + Company
    "Female Portraits" must be one of the strongest trio of solos ever put together in one piece. The premise of putting each grown woman back in her own adolescent bedroom is perfectly realized three times, with each woman embodying her chosen singer and song. Bjork, or Verena Tremel, lines the perimeter of her bedroom, cleverly lit as the outline of four walls on the floor by technical director Julie Ana Dobo, with stuffed animals. Tremel then proceeds to match the magic of Bjork's voice with the magic of her own dancing, capturing the power of the seemingly little girl who is fully a woman.

    Pat Benatar, or Nicole Wolcott, struts in with her sleeveless heavy metal T-shirt and proceeds to turn it up in her much larger midwestern bedroom, pausing briefly to do a bit of female John Jasperse-ish chest dancing to lyrics about "both of us . . ."

    Cut the lights to hear Annie Lennox, or Ashley Gilbert, stalking around her bedroom in her night-clubbing boots, peeling off her clothes as she returns home to her stylishly minimal two-walled bedroom. She then burns the house down with the torch of her body, matching the sultriness of Annie Lennox's voice and finding the pyrotechnics, too.

    After so much power, "Straight Duet" is somewhat sad. A vertical slice of bed separates a just-married couple on their wedding night, she excited and hopeful, slowly stripping while he pumps himself up anxiously like a preacher preparing to give a sermon. As the bed becomes horizontal by her falling into it, the struggle begins, and after many near-misses of connection, the bed finally becomes a wall again and the two go their separate ways. The sheer physicality of the dancing and Wolcott's hungry performance keep this piece alive, though.

    With Alexander Gish and Wolcott, Keigwin puts together a dancing trio of similarly brilliant movement quality. "Urban Birds" is a quirky piece that sums up Keigwin's style, classical movements quickly flicking into exuberant leaps, bodies throwing themselves into the hands of others, bits of synchronicity slipping into individual split-offs, idiosyncratic whimsical movements that entertain and amuse mixed with power and technique.

    Keigwin + Company is a well-matched group of dancers that compels attention and radiates energy.

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


    Reader comments on Keigwin + Company:

  • Larry - Congratulations!   from Laurie Gosselin, Apr 6, 2004
  • long time hello   from Andrea Cheatham, Jan 9, 2005

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