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  •  REVIEW: DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL 2012

    Eun hwa Shin/Nary Dance Project in Dumbo Dance Festival 2012
    Photo by Yi-Chun Wu
    Eun hwa Shin/Nary Dance Project

    Always a New Mix

    Dumbo Dance Festival 2012 Rolls Along Smoothly

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com

    The high-volume, medium-chaos Dumbo Dance Festival keeps being an excellent gateway for new choreographers. Over the course of three days, 87 choreographers showed work, in hour-long programs of up to eight pieces each. One Friday night hour contained the six following pieces.

      
    DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL 2012
    Choreography by: Eun hwa Shin, Amanda Hinchey, Alenka Cizmesija, Alan Danielson, Jessi Patz & Felix Pitre, Dalia Corella.
    Produced by: Young Soon Kim.
    Director of Festival Operations: Stephanie Plaitin.
     SCHEDULE
    White Wave John Ryan Theater
    September 27-30, 2012

    Totem World is a fun, goofy mix of straight dance and silly dance, in a well-crafted piece by Eun hwa Shin /Nary Dance Project. What begins as a quiet spotlit solo morphs into group hijinks and ends in a quiet spotlight.

    Untitled, by Amanda Hinchey, is a good duet with Nellie Rainwater, full of dynamic changes between slow walking in synch and explosive spinning fits of movement to the floor and back. Repetition and backward movement work well, too, and spare but rich electronic music enhances the overall feel.

    Very little is subtle about Subtle Degrees, a trio danced by Ryan Houston, Randall Railey and Wade Watson. It begins in fierceness, three men dancing big and bold, with plenty of contact and flash. It mostly continues in this vein, though the initial impact wanes as music by Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma begins to feel like a forced fit. It is impressive but ultimately also exhausting.

    Subtle Degrees by Alenka Cizmesija in Dumbo Dance Festival 2012
    Photo by Yi-Chun Wu
    "Subtle Degrees" by Alenka Cizmesija

    Excerpts from Eclipsed Moon Tamatebako add up to a beautiful little piece by beautiful little dancers in costumes of dark teal chiffon, who come and go like sprites or puffs of teal smoke. There is an enchanted feel to much of this, as if we're watching a group of creatures that normally elude detection and have their own special ways. Choreography is by Alan Danielson and dancing is by Madoko Asato, Marika Higa, Tamaki Higa, Shinako Oshiro, Yayai Suzuki, and Ruriko Uchima.

      La Isla Perdida in Dumbo Dance Festival 2012
      Photo by Yi-Chun Wu
      La Isla Perdida
    Such Sweet Thunder, by Ground Grippers Dance Company, revels in swing dance democracy and exuberance. There is a standout performer or two among the eight dancers, and some moves are especially successful, but overall this is a romp of partner-flinging fun, more about good energy than technical precision.

    La Isla Perdida by Dalia Corella Dance Company feels at times like a Vegas floor show gone native on some unspecified "lost island." Women, and men, shake and move hips and selves suggestively, wearing bits of feathers around their faces, accompanied by vaguely tropical music. Costumes seem superfluous by the end, as all roll together on the floor in a stylized group, um, encounter.

    OCTOBER 7, 2012
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