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    Chelsea Murphy (fore) and Magda San Millan (back), aka Rooster and Snowball in DanceNow 2013
    Photo by Jennifer Jones
    Chelsea Murphy (fore) and Magda San Millan (back), aka Rooster and Snowball

    Fun in the Dark

    DanceNow at Joe's Pub keeps punching its lines


    Humor, fun, and joy of movement reign again in the two nights of DanceNow at Joe's Pub that I saw. Since voting is part of each night now, my votes go to Friday's show, Shannon Gillen on Wednesday and Rooster and Snowball on Friday.

    DANCENOW 2013
    Choreography by: Shannon Gillen, Aaron Draper, Cori Marquis, Donnell Oakley, Amy Larimer and Jamie Graham, Magda San Millan and Chelsea Murphy, Jane Comfort, Teri and Oliver Steele, Mark Dendy.
    Dancers: thousands
    well, over a hundred
    Lighting design by: Lauren Parrish, Randi Rivera.
    Production stage manager: Lauren Parrish, Randi Rivera.
    Joe's Pub
    October 9-12, 2013

    Gillen manages to take girls rocking out to classic rock songs from cute to creepy, with a whisper, in BURIED WITH ALL MY STUFF. It is one of her many tricks, as she continues to mess with our heads. Her choices, of recordings, and of the phrases the dancers whisper, are suprising and precise. The result is funny with a cringe.

    Cori Marquis, with Alexander Dones, do magicians proud with their duet of humor and deception, unedrtsdaning this smees to be esiaer tahn you mghit hvae thgouht. Amidst clean, strong dancing, tiny lights — like fireflies — appear and disappear in their hands. The lights go from clever distraction to main focus, and end up splattered on Marquis, after Dones "eats" one too many of them — silly fun.

    Donnell Oakley does her dance version of Ethyl Merman meets Harold Lloyd, strewing a bunch of sad-faced lemons everywhere as she trips onto the stage, then dancing big and brassy to let the lemons know she won, in How to React.

    menagerie of Ritual Cyclical @ the Pub</br>
L-R Back: Brian Bunion, Abigail Levine, Dante Brown
Floor: Rachel Watson, Garnet Henderson, Marissa Simons in DanceNow 2013  
    Photo by Jennifer Jones  
    menagerie of Ritual Cyclical @ the Pub
    L-R Back: Brian Bunion, Abigail Levine, Dante Brown Floor: Rachel Watson, Garnet Henderson, Marissa Simons

    Amy Larimer and Jamie Graham come With Candy Hearts, as the Raving Jaynes, dancing with pathetic pathos to the song that was clearly written to illustrate their plight — "I'm so Lost Without You" by Air Supply.

    Rooster and Snowball are, indeed, zany. Prix Fixe wins the audience with clever harmonies and droll desperation, as the duo sing a song of awkwardness. Rooster rants about how much she hates the phrase, and those who use it, "to find love, you have to love yourself first." The vocals and rant are the focus, but their pissed-off b-girl movement works, too.

    Jane Comfort loves to spoof sex and the human animals who do it. Untitled New Work* is that and does that, with Leslie Cuyjet and Sean Donovan going above and beyond as an inexperienced Cro-Magnon couple. Hilarious, as ever.

    Both Wednesday and Friday evening ended with themed orgies, Wednesday with Mark Dendy's ode to early '80s NYC disco culture, Friday with Teri and Oliver Steele's celebration of superheroes and cross-dressing. Both were circuses of activity, all over the place literally and figuratively, with casts of many. Being partial to the Nina Hagen song Dendy chose, and having been around for some of what he threw onstage, his louche and loose Ritual Cyclical @ the Pub won for me, but both were entertaining train wrecks of the best sort.

    OCTOBER 19, 2013

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