|Photo by Alex Escalante|
|L-R: Isaac Gonyo, Ori Flomin, Colleen Thomas, Hannah Button|
Origins and Inspiration
Ori Flomin Shows First Move at Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Theater
By QUINN BATSON
First Move is Ori Flomin's exploration of what it takes to create dance and dancers, polling over 40 dancers, choreographers and teachers on what inspired and inspires them to devote their lives to dance. As Flomin says, "The process for this piece is an attempt to translate these words back into the moving body."
The end product is often quiet, sometimes tender, occasionally inspired and even, when Flomin stands feet from the audience and looks at us searchingly, vaguely accusing.
|ORI FLOMIN: FIRST MOVE|
|Choreography by: Ori Flomin.|
Dancers: Hannah Button, Ori Flomin, Isaac Gonyo, Colleen Thomas.
Music by: Pierre de Gaillande and Gary Greenblatt.
Costumes by: Paige Martin.
Lighting design by: Joe Levasseur.
Dramaturgy Advisor: Adrian Silver.
Additional text: Jane Gabriels.
|Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center|
March 11-14, 2015
There is an appealing softness to the movement quality, often with tentative curling and folding to the floor. The four performers Flomin, Colleen Thomas, Isaac Gonyo and Hannah Button are a good mix; they share a similar demeanor and flow but vary in body type and age. The duo of quicksilver young Button and smooth-moving Gonyo are a treat together or apart, but the qualities of all four together make good stew.
Music by Pierre de Gaillande and Gary Greenblatt uses reversed sounds quite a bit, to imply going backwards or because the sucking quality of those sounds is intriguing in itself. Only one section of rubbery bass twangs has a propulsive energy, and it is refreshing to see all four use this propulsion, midway through the hour.
The end section that has performers laying out many sheets of responses feels necessary to the concept but also done before, as Button dances through them a bit and all four read possibly predetermined quotes.
|Photo by Alex Escalante|| |
|Isaac Gonyo and Colleen Thomas|| |
First Move ends as it begins, quiet and calm, in one sense done for the night and, in another, a small moment of an ongoing process.
|MARCH 23, 2015|
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