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  •  REVIEW: HILARY EASTON: THE CONSTRUCTORS

      Sarah Young and Michael Ingle in Hilary Easton: The Constructors
      Photo by Joshua McHugh
      Sarah Young and Michael Ingle
    Active Stillness

    Hilary Easton shows The Constructors at Baryshnikov Arts

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com


    Dancers standing still at the front of the stage stare impassively, as we enter, late. Stillness continues to be the feeling, oddly, even as the dancers move again, often briskly, often in swirling patterns like eddies from an oar.

    Hilary Easton's The Constructors include Alexandra Albrecht, Michael Ingle, Joshua Palmer, Emily Pope-Blackman and Sarah Young. They work well together, through plenty of lifting partnering and convoluted entrances and exits. It is grueling and gentle stuff, big movement with small gestures. The first curious touch is the tiny push one dancer gives another as the other spins away, as if giving a little more impetus to the spinning exit.

    HILARY EASTON: THE CONSTRUCTORS
    Choreography by: Hilary Easton.
    Dancers: Alexandra Albrecht, Michael Ingle, Joshua Palmer, Emily Pope-Blackman and Sarah Young.
    Music by: Mike Rugnetta.
    Costumes by: Madeleine Walach.
    Lighting design by: Kathy Kaufmann.
     SCHEDULE
    Baryshnikov Arts Center
    May 17-20, 2012

      
    A quiet soundtrack by Mike Rugnetta adds to the sense of watching dragonflies over a pond in a remote forest, though lighting shifts by Kathy Kaufmann signify distinct sections and different energy levels.

    The overall effect is lulling and pretty, though the dancers continue to run and work hard as they fly on and off stage, waiting stageside in stillness when they are not dancing.

    The other curious gesture, like an aftertremor or a muscle memory subsiding, is the small handtwirl dancers do as they stand arms at sides in the final moments of the piece. This tiny twirl implies continuity or endlessness even as all movement ceases and the lights come down. Perhaps the constructors' job is never done. Hilary Easton isn't done; this is the 20th anniversary season of Hilary Easton + Company.

    MAY 25, 2012
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