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: CRACKED

    Cracked

    All Bang, No Punch

    David Parker's "Cracked" undermines itself with excessive lampooning of dance clichˇs.

    By ALEXANDRA BELLER
    Offoffoff.com

    Watching David Parker's show at Dance Theater Workshop was like having dinner with the high school class clown at your twentieth reunion. What is funny for a little while does not remain so indefinitely; sometimes you want more substance.

      
    CRACKED
    Company: The Bang Group.
    Choreography by: David Parker.
    Dancers: Mary Cochran, Jeffrey Kazin, Marta Miller, David Parker, Amber Sloan, Emily Tschiffely.
    Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann

    Related links: Official site
     SCHEDULE
    Dance Theater Workshop
    219 West 19th St.
    Jan. 28 - Feb. 7, 2004

    The repertory show, comprised of six short to mid-length dances, certainly had its moments of charm and humor but they were buried under too many layers of repetition and uninteresting variation. Using clichˇ and farce to poke fun at dancers and choreographers can be a wonderful deconstruction and an eye-opener for those of us in the dance world. In this case, however, it made one feel that Parker doesn't really like dance.

    The first work in the show was "Friends of Dorothy," a lighthearted barefoot tap romp for two men (Parker and the virtuosic and charismatic Jeffrey Kazin). It was a rather infectious musical theatre inspired duet with a gay Butch and Sundance in the lead roles. What might have been a contribution to the polemic of the homosexual experience was really a simple farce and an illustration of the clichˇs surrounding gay men.

    The second piece, "Inter 1," beautifully danced by Marta Miller, Amber Sloan, and Emily Tschiffely, was more satisfying, if only because it made less of a point. Danced to "I Fall In Love Too Easily," by Frank Sinatra, the three women collapsed into images of broken hearts and dismantled dreams. The movement was some of the most satisfying of the show, and the juxtaposition of the cheery and dreamy music was just enough to obfuscate the "meaning."


      
    While it is preferable to see someone recognize clichˇs rather than perpetuate them, making fun of overused movement can be a clichˇ in itself.  

      
    The third work, "Slapstuck" was an inventive idea that never challenged itself to grow. Dressed in fabulous and innovative velcro suits (by Bessie award winning designers Melanie Rozema and Jeroen Teunissen), Parker and Kazin struggled through various attempts to stick and unstick themselves. Aside from a few very humorous moments of physical comedy, it had no trajectory or momentum. The metaphor of velcro for human relationships seems fraught with possibility and yet was, for the most part, unexplored.

    Tschiffely's solo "Inter 2," danced to the Irving Berlin classic "There's No Business Like Show Business," didn't beg for more depth. It was satisfying enough to watch a young, facile dancer moving, often violently, to the masochistic lyrics.

    "Enough," danced to a Rachmaninoff Concerto, was the heartiest dancing of the evening. Performed by Kazin, Parker, Sloan, and feisty Paul Taylor celebrity Mary Cochran, it was spacious and virtuosic, but because the dancers seemed to be making fun of dance the entire time, it was difficult to enjoy their obvious talents. While it is preferable to see someone recognize clichˇs rather than perpetuate them, making fun of overused movement can be a clichˇ in itself. The dancers swung and leapt around like drunk Cossacks (in decadent costumes by Teunissen) but had a defiant sense of irony about them. It was as if they were saying, "I won't fall victim to enjoying this movement." If the point was "enough bad choreography to beautiful music," why not create sublime choreography to the beautiful music? Or create anything, rather than lambasting the staus quo, but refusing to add anything to the mix.

    The second half of the show was dedicated to "Cracked," another in a long line of Nutcracker satires. Excerpted from an evening length work, the sections used were performed to mostly jazz master interpretations of the original Tchaikovsky score. There were some brilliant moments, as when Parker, donned in pointe shoes, creates his own spotlight with a flashlight over his head, as he laboriously makes his way to the spotlight awaiting him on the floor. But for the most part, the jokes were easy and overplayed. What could have been hilarious moments were quickly overshadowed when the moment was replayed and replayed ad nauseum, as when the two men performed a duet based on sucking each other's thumbs. Still, pointe shoes used like tap shoes, allergic corps de ballet members, and a vivacious cast stood out as bas relief in what might have been a very flat facade.

    FEBRUARY 11, 2004
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Cracked:

  • Alexander Beller's Review   from fecundmind, Feb 22, 2004

  • Post a comment on "Cracked"