A Wonderful Bubble
| ||Photo by Ric Kallaher|
| ||Larry Keigwin, master of kabaret|
Keigwin Kabaret is sex on stage, with dancers
By QUINN BATSON
Keigwin Kabaret is quietly but not subtly changing the dynamic of dance performance in NYC, mixing excellent dancers with comedy and doing it better than anyone else. Bringing drag and burlesque into the mix just seems natural here and takes us back toward the cabaret of 1920s Berlin as done on Broadway by Alan Cummings and company.
The philosophy behind all this is best summed up by MC Murray Hill ("C'mon, kids!), who encourages the audience to ignore the current military and political farces and tragedies and come into the kabaret entertainment bubble for the evening. The show is so consistently amusing and even gut-laugh funny that it's easy to forget that every dancer on stage can dance their ass off and often does.
The subtext for this Symphony Space Thalia Theater series is Gender Benders, and Keigwin Kabaret certainly fits into that theme. Nudity, raunchiness, sexual satire and ambisexuality are all welcome here. Drag king Murray Hill certainly helps the evening along, staying wacky and in character throughout.
|Choreography by: Larry Keigwin.|
Directed by: Larry Keigwin.
Dancers: Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, Julian Barnett, Patrick Ferreri, Liz Riga, Ying-Ying Shiau, Ryan Migge, Murray Hill, Mike Albo, Akynos.
Sound design by: Julian Barnett and Jared Coseglia.
Lighting design by: Burke Wilmore.
Describing individual moments seems beside the point because the show really is more than a sum of its parts. That said, solo performances by Ryan Migge, Patrick Ferreri and Mike Albo stand out, Julian Barnett reminds us in the first trio that despite his performance art credibility he may be the best pure dancer on stage, and the duo of Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott is one of those magical pairings that always rocks.
Keigwin Kabaret is definitely getting in groove after regular stints at Joe's Pub and elsewhere, and the upcoming weekend at NYU's Skirball Center promises to open up the fun to an even broader audience.
|APRIL 13, 2007|
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