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    Jason and Lindsey Dietz Marchant in DanceNow 2009
    Photo by Steven Schreiber
    Jason and Lindsey Dietz Marchant

    Looking Good

    Opening night of DanceNow 2009


    The first evening of DanceNow base camp at DTW was really impressive. The following is a chronological summary, loosely punctuated.

    DANCENOW 2009
    Choreography by: Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman, Sydney Skybetter, Johannes Wieland, Gus Solomons jr., SNIC, David Parker, Ellis Wood, Mana Kawamura, Gerald Casel, Jason and Lindsey Dietz Marchant.
    Produced by: Robin Staff, Sydney Skybetter, Tamara Greenfield.
    Dancers: Bridgman/Packer Dance: Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman
    skybetter: Kristen Arnold
    johannes wieland: Beth Griffith, Jon Guymon, Jenna Riegel
    PARADIGM: Karen Brown, Carmen de Lavallade, Valda Setterfield
    SNIC: Ryan Ross, Khaleah London, Michelai Sancho, Laurie Taylor, Erika Hand, Phakiso Collins, Karina Ikezoe, Shani Collins
    Bang Group: Jeff Kazin, Nic Petry
    Ellis Wood
    Mana Kawamura: David Botana, Miho Murata, Juri Onuki, Keelin Ryan, Mana Kawamura
    geraldcaseldance: Gerald Casel, Nicholas Strafaccia, Sam Wentz
    Dietz Marchant: Elena Demyanenko, Jason Dietz Marchant, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Darrin M. Wright
    Lighting design by: Lauren Parrish.
    Videography: Dorian Nuskind-Oder.

    Related links: further DanceNow 2009 reviews
    September 8-12, 2009

    Bridgman/Packer Dance: on/off/front/back the best new video trick of the year, sweetly executed to slow jazz, yields a beautiful duet of transparent bodies and hands where they shouldn't be.

    skybetter and associates: The Personal classical music with bodylines to match in a spotlit circle, performed with soft clarity and spinning pliƩes by Kristen Arnold.

    johannes wieland: reality explodes in my face yes it does. tiny moments of good movement do nothing to offset uncomfortable lipsynching and an arid ideascape.

    PARADIGM: A Thin Frost a subtle competition of gestures and vocalizations between 3 women of a certain age in a battlecircle of light. joints may freeze and mirrors may scare, but regal is as regal does, and an ending of grudging but gracious headnods and hands reaching to each other in the center illustrates the title perfectly.

    David Botana, Mana Kawamura, Juri Onuki, Keelin Ryan and Miho Murata in specimen in DanceNow 2009
    Photo by Steven Schreiber
    David Botana, Mana Kawamura, Juri Onuki, Keelin Ryan and Miho Murata in specimen

    SNIC/Eternal Works: Swing Us Sky Rainbow a narration of unrelenting miserableness manages to be both beautiful and heartcrushing, with seven lovely spirits dancing the story into heaven or at least "somewhere over the rainbow" as implied by an ethereal guitar.

    The Bang Group: Bang, 1991 the funniest macho gay slapfest ever choreographed, rhythmic and robust from start to finish, a sweet competition of brothers/lovers full of silly fun and odd locomotion.

    Ellis Wood Dance: Venus Through the Ages the first Ellis Wood piece in memory in which sweet beats out crazy. really quite watchable, even a bit funny.

    Mana Kawamura: specimen sublimely and transcendently weird, with quick and sharp automatons manipulating each other roughly and applying makeup in coldly wrong ways, set mostly to classical music. shades of Clockwork Orange with the twisted sweetness of Bjork.

    SNIC/Eternal Works in Swing Us Sky Rainbow in DanceNow 2009
    Photo by Steven Schreiber
    SNIC/Eternal Works in Swing Us Sky Rainbow

    geraldcaseldance: Fluster amazing sound design by Kyle Olson fits an angular and fluid trio of detached but loosely together dancers perfectly. sharp, smooth atmospherics give this a quality of flight or outer space.

    Dietz Marchant: Jamais Vu always good with the theatrical effects they are; tinsel becomes magical in this piece, with odd but beautiful duets in even more ambient music by Stephen Vitiello, with a pretty ending of two figures undulating their hips while Lindsey DM splashes around in molten exploding tinsel.

    See credit box for link to review of subsequent evenings.

    SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

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