| ||Photo by Gerry Goodstein|
| ||Kathryn "Nusa" Logan|
Aaron McGloin puts on a show at FLICfest
By QUINN BATSON
Aaron McGloin takes us through darkness to the light, in Native, a rich, energizing journey.
A lonely hooded figure sits with his back to us as we enter, setting somber expectations. These get blown up with the first dance, a big, smoothstrong b-boy quintet to music that matches. McGloin makes fresh and inventive movement, somehow both dancey and rugged.
Because Native is a journey, transitions are important, and every one feels right. Some are simple, and others melt sections together. Duets, trios, solos and group pieces come and go fluidly. McGloin has the choreographic sense and sensibility of someone decades older; Native is a tight, sprawling piece with subtle metamorphosis something akin to a Tere O'Connor piece in pacing, musicality and flow.
The movers in Native manage to be outstanding without standing out, probably also part of the plan. Swooping, spinning, sliding movement and a pervading we're-in-this-together feel require looseness and controlled abandon. There is a bit of a short people/tall people division, but it feels natural and brings out the best partnerings. Zachary Denison and Alex Giroux are fun to watch together, and McGloin, Gierre Godley and Kathryn "Nusa" Logan are, too. The most surprising and successful pairing is McGloin and Godley. They move as one with two different body types McGloin all length, limbs and elastic and Godley solid, sturdy and smooth.
|AARON MCGLOIN: NATIVE|
|Choreography by: Aaron McGloin.|
Dancers: Zachary Denison, Alex Giroux, Gierre Godley, Kathryn "Nusa" Logan, Aaron McGloin.
Costumes by: Aaron McGloin.
Lighting design by: Aaron McGloin.
|FLICfest at Irondale Center|
January 25, 2014
The big-moving sections are exciting, yet plenty of time in Native is quiet time. This feels true to life, and to any large journey. Most of these calm moments serve as time to absorb what just happened or will happen, but one is charged and mysterious: why do McGloin and Godley seem to fall out with Logan, then strip her dress to her waist and back away from her, as she stands still, facing the back wall?
Perhaps it is the last moment of darkness before the light prevails. The final group rolic, all smiles and fun in bright white clothes, is simple joy. It's hard not to like everyone on stage and feel a little better at the end.
|FEBRUARY 6, 2014|
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