|Photo by Ian Douglas|
|Weena Pauly, with Eleanor Smith and Katie Workum in background|
A Quiet Experiment
Katie Workum presents Black Lakes at Danspace
By QUINN BATSON
Black Lakes couldn't be a better title for the trio that Katie Workum presented at Danspace Project. Each of the three performers remains a mystery just past the surface, and deep stillness reigns.
It is such an interesting piece, after it sinks in. As it unfolds, in no hurry, its relatively unactive nature is something to adjust to, as an audience member. From the beginning, as Workum enters and stands with her eyes shut, Black Lakes seems intent on turning things inside out; the performers are focused inward, not outward. It is a very clear and intentional focus, though, not insecure or distracted.
|KATIE WORKUM: BLACK LAKES|
|Choreography by: Katie Workum, with Eleanor Smith and Weena Pauly.|
Dancers: Weena Pauly, Eleanor Smith, Katie Workum.
Sound design by: James Lo.
Costumes by: Mindy Nelson.
Lighting design by: Carrie Wood.
Creative Producer: Meredith Boggs.
April 9-11, 2015
Rather, because each is clearly a powerful, seasoned dancer, we trust them to go where they will, enjoying tiny bits of movement like Eleanor Smith's unexpected walk-running jetÚs or the subtle eye-to-eye, hands-to-others'-hips walk with which Weena Pauly and Workum end this evening.
|Photo by Ian Douglas|
|L-r: Katie Workum, Weena Pauly, Eleanor Smith|
And each evening may be quite different. From Workum's program notes: "Two years ago Weena, Eleanor and I began and still maintain a daily practice of long-form, closed-eyed, witnessed improvisations called Authentic Movement.... This dance at its core is an experiment, an act of trust and a leap of faith."
So there is nothing dazzling about Black Lakes, nothing that says lookatmelookatmelookatme. It is a friendly experiment, a quiet collaboration. It turns audience attention away from being entertained to being engaged, though it can be a challenge to stay engaged in a quiet piece with a quiet soundscape. James Lo's sound design stays well in the background and gives the dancers plenty of room to go where they will, adding just enough texture and flavor to bring imagination into play.
|APRIL 12, 2015|
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