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  •  REVIEW: RIGHT OF WAY

      Right of Way
    There's no stopping us now

    Adrienne Celeste Fadjo takes charge and pushes through an impressive program of varied, vivacious dance in her Cunningham concert "Right of Way".

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com


    On a steamy summer night in the Cunningham studio, Adrienne Celeste Fadjo and her dance company gave a creditable performance in pieces ranging from formally elegant to slapstick. The company for this performance included twelve "grrrl" dancers and a male soloist.

    RIGHT OF WAY
    Choreography by: Adrienne Celeste Fadjo.
    Dancers: Amanda Byars, Nicole Currie, Desiree Detoy, Adrienne Celeste Fadjo, Brian Feigenbaum, Jessica Ingraham, Anna Kaiser, Danette Mathsen, Heather McGinnis, DeeAnn Nelson, Kimberly Olstad, Cynthia Yang.
     SCHEDULE
    Merce Cunningham Studio
    55 Bethune Street, 11th Fl
    July 11-12, 2003

      
    "Stillmergingstill" opened the program with formal elegance, in a quiet but strong piece charting the progression of a group enfolding a solo dancer and isolating an original member. The magenta/purple dresses, soft blue lighting and spare but effective music complemented six strong and physically well-matched dancers in slow-spinning, ebbing and flowing motion.

    "Running On Time" was an odd but entertaining piece opening with what seemed like an '80s Richard Gere/American Gigolo moment, complete with Herb Ritts slat-shadows and a black-tie, white-shirt outfit accompanied by '80s-sounding synth music. Then, as it became clear that the music came from Prodigy, the piece devolved into a frenetic, running-with-purses, dropping-and-picking-up-purses, collision-course, Grand Central terminal cross-traffic of eight dancers. This was a very physical piece, with floor work, quick-knifing ballet feet, arching jumps and a movement motif of flex-foot swinging high-kicks. At one point, the action grows dancer by dancer to become a unison line, shortly before ending as it began, with a lone Richard Gere figure.

    "One _ _ _ Fits All", a solo by Brian Feigenbaum, seemed to address insanity, with a straitjacket/overlong white dress shirt and no initially apparent pants. Much arm-flapping and manic spinning focused on a spot on the floor was intercepted by odd bend-overs and poses with arms crossed at the throat eventually found resolution with a tucking in of the excess sleeves and a loosening of the collar and a theatrical, acknowledging-the-admiring-audience gesture.

    "The Joy It Brings" was all about cheesy old-music-video dancing. In sleeveless, open-collared unicolor jumpsuits, "Joy" ran the gamut from slow-motion breakdancing and robot/pop dancing to Rock Lobsterish shimmydowns and two-foot spinning Flashdance turns. Enthousiastically performed by a group of six girls out for a night of dancing at the local club/bar/party, "Joy" was an upbeat crowd pleaser that stole the show.

    "Two for Two" proceeded further down the road of goofy, in a slapstick contact-improv-ish, ballet-mocking piece danced by Desiree Detoy and Danette Mathsen, wearing opposing stripey top/red pants and red top/stripey pants outfits and lit in bright white light with red highlights by Kyle Shukis. Detoy's character played the "bad" student and Mathsen's the stern teacher/older sister, accompanied by Beethoven.

    "Split Down the Middle" was Adrienne Celeste Fadjo's solo, a competent piece with movements reminiscent of the other pieces but generally less frantic and more spare, with the exception of overbusy hands at the beginning. As in most of Fadjo's pieces, the structure was strong and the transitions were relatively seamless. This piece progressed smoothly and, after a shaky period of pairing movements to piano notes, ended cleanly.

    "Mariah: Part One" ended the night as it began, with a beautiful, elegant piece set to Mozart, danced by eight dancers in smart beige dresses with an inch of burgundy underdress subtly peeking and receding at the hem, in twisting, turning, spinning, fugues of classic and smooth movement.

    As a concert, "Right of Way" was well put together, with variety, pacing and flow that provided something for everyone.

    JULY 15, 2003
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    Reader comments on Right of Way:

  • ACF DANCE "YEA YEA!!!!!"   from Travis, Aug 4, 2003
  • Re: ACF DANCE   from BIG J, Aug 12, 2003
  • hi   from Matt Banas, Dec 7, 2003
  • Re: hi   from Adrienne, Jan 22, 2004
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