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  •  REVIEW: TYKULSKER CORA

    Running Time L-R: EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Katie Dean, Daniel Fisher-Lochhead, Sophie Torok, Aya Wilson, Tara Sheena in Tykulsker Cora
    Photo by Quinn Batson
    Running Time L-R: EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Katie Dean, Daniel Fisher-Lochhead, Sophie Torok, Aya Wilson, Tara Sheena

    Thirsty in the Big Sea

    Nadia Tykulsker and Shannon Hummel use Water and Sea at The Cora Studio in Red Hook

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com

    There's something going on in Running Time: The Hydration Hypothesis, Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edIt) Arts' half of a shared evening with Shannon Hummel/CORA dance. Whatever it is gets five women pretty worked up and needing water to slake thirst and cool heat. Katie Dean and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes are possibly in charge, discussing/arguing things out and barking orders to the other three, in a language only those onstage share. Walking fast in circles while rhythmically smacking stomachs is something that all do often, and it looks like anxious penance.

      
    TYKULSKER CORA
    Choreography by: Nadia Tykulsker, Shannon Hummel.
    Dancers: Spark(edit) Arts: Katie Dean, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Aya Wilson, Tara Sheena, Sophie Torok
    Cora Dance: Katie Dean and Calia Marshall
    .
    Music by: Daniel Fisher-Lochhead (Running Time), Bruce Kaphan and Fernando Maneca (down here).
    Costumes by: Ronnie Yoked.
     SCHEDULE
    The Cora Studio
    March 1 and 2, 2013

    The three that try to please — Aya Wilson, Tara Sheena, Sophie Torok — take turns taking drastic action, and it looks a bit like self-exorcising. Wilson is especially explosive, detonating with such force that I fear for the air. She may also be the first to overdrink, shaking her cup and flooding her face. Insatiable thirst is a mystery or a metaphor here. Adding to the mystery is Daniel Fisher-Lochhead's saxophone and samples from Lester Bowie, a mix of live and laptop. He sits tucked away in a dark corner, generating mood.

    After more conflict between the two, Skove-Epes, watched by Dean, takes the drinking and drenching to its unseemly extreme to close out Running Time, thoroughly soaking her face and clothes, locked in place and stopping for nothing.

    Aya Wilson in Tykulsker Cora  
    Photo by Quinn Batson  
    Aya Wilson
      
    After an intermission to dry out and resettle, Calia Marshall and Katie Dean dance out the drama of their relationship, with a brilliant twist, or twists, in down here. Rather than parade onstage the scores of people that come into and through our lives as we try to negotiate a friendship or partnership, Cora Dance choreographer Shannon Hummel uses tinfoil. As Marshall and Dean sit fuming at each other, a leaf of foil falls from the sky and one of them forms a little person with it, to play with or to avoid dealing with the other big person. After a blackout with mysterious shaking and rustling, the lights reveal a sea of foil people.

      Calia Marshall and Katie Dean in Tykulsker Cora
      Photo by Quinn Batson
      Calia Marshall and Katie Dean
    The big couple argue, fume and pretend to be more interested in the little people, even wearing them as jewelry to rub in the face of their partner. After more artful strife, Marshall goes on a rampage and clears away all the "foils", ready for a fresh start or the undivided attention of her friend. Dean and Marshall pull this off well and mostly in silence, with interludes of music by Bruce Kaphan and Fernando Maneca. What could be silly comes across as powerful.

    MARCH 8, 2013
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