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: PLAN B

    Plan B

    Of pawns, plans and Taiwanese torch songs

    Big Dance Theater's Plan B braids strange and disparate sources to send an idiot pawn into free flight from a plan devised by none other than Richard Nixon.

    By LORI ORTIZ
    Offoffoff.com

    Often interpreted, age-old themes, and references to dance can endlessly fascinate. Big Dance Theater fills the bill using varied source material. The Nixon tapes may never before have been considered as inspiration for a dance. In pushing the envelope, Plan B takes abundant stock in the pleasure principle too. The effect stays with you, even deepening in the afterglow. The narrative involves the pawn in the big game according to the plan of a figure in power. But the central theme emerges cogently from far-fetched elements that are seamlessly melded in a complex fabric; viewers can't always identify the sources unless they've read the program notes.

      
    PLAN B
    Choreography by: Annie-B Parson.
    Directed by: Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson.
    Dancers: Tymberly Canale, Molly Hickcock, Paul Lazar and Kate Johnson.
    Music by: Gary Lucas.
    Sound design by: Jane Shaw.
    Set design by: Joanne Howard.
    Costumes by: Claudia Stephens with asst. Wendy Yang.
    Lighting design by: Jay Ryan.
    Dramaturgy and additional direction: Molly Hickock.

    Related links: Official site
     SCHEDULE
    Dance Theater Workshop
    219 West 19th St.
    Sept. 23 - Oct. 9, 2004

    Len Jenkin's script fills in around text from 19th century wild child Kaspar Hauser's diary, the Nixon tapes, and The Bible. Composer and songwriter Gary Lucas re-imagines a Taiwanese torch song. Archived films of Japanese dances come to light at Jacob's Pillow. Plan B's potency stems from the unifying choreography of Parson and top-notch collaborators.

    The set by Jane Howard consists of a small house of clear plastic over a framework, a pearly curtain at the center of the backdrop, and various moveable props. Director Paul Lazar plays a succession of 'power figures'; Kaspar Hauser's warden, Richard Nixon, and other presidents or patriarchs may come to mind. Molly Hickok's Rose, though based on Nixon's devoted secretary Rose Wood, also recalls Kaspar's captor. She sings the lilting 'Taiwanese' song in a dance with small plastic parasols. Lazar wears a reversible coat that doubles as a kimono. The hand picked costumes inventively multitask by Claudia Stephens' design. The faux Japanese dancing, the 'pretend' singing, is juxtaposed against weighty desperate scenes of Nixon at his worst moments in which his 'tortured poetry' (as his expletives are noted in the program) is captured on tape.


      
    Hickock moves to center stage for her Taiwanese fantasy, and in a sunny Japanese fan dance, all dream of a brighter day.  

      
    Tymberly Canale characterizes the extreme suffering of Kaspar Hauser with great eloquence, dignity, and best of all dance. A wealth of inventive movement creates a portrait of a largely immobile figure, imprisoned in a basement for all his childhood; suddenly released, he was necessarily created anew. He struggled to adjust for just four years before his mysterious demise. Balancing on her sea legs, Canale is at first supported like a marionette, legs bent in second position. Later she dances, swaying her military coat like a heavy scarf, finally wrapping it around herself and holding the sleeve up like a noose.

    Jay Ryan's lighting sets night and day on the minimal dˇcor. In a fascinating solo of the emerging wild child, bright flashes are timed so that her movement is broken into a series of stop-action poses. In another 'progression' civilization is enacted with a series of single props toted across the stage by Canale — branch, axe, then radiant log; gun, and finally bearskin rug with head intact. She wears this as a dancing bear.

    Kaspar is conveniently lurking about as the Plan to use an idiot to carry out a cash drop scheme is devised in desperation. Lazar is wringing his hands as he and Hickock exit the small plastic house while Kate Johnson sprays the roof with a light rain. Hickock moves to center stage for her Taiwanese fantasy, and in a sunny Japanese fan dance, all dream of a brighter day.

    The two films that inspired the 'Japanisme' were shown in the lobby of DTW and also at a Plan B Guggenheim Works & Process event that took place a few days before the performance. About a Japanese Kabuki master's solo with fan, from the French film "Sans Soleil," Parson said, "It seemed that a story was being told." On a crowded street, a group of teens wave and gesture in unison with clapping games in a '70's Japanese film. The 'dancey' cultish ritual's militaristic movement works its way into a lyrical dance in Plan B around a group of strangely stunted trees (created with sparsely standing pine boughs).

    At the end of a dark and somewhat aimless solo, all the disparate elements seem to come together and make sense, as the Kaspar figure's wings gradually unfurl and she flies free of her suffering in a brilliant ascension.

    OCTOBER 4, 2004
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK



    Post a comment on "Plan B"