|Photo by Marco Giannavola|
|Mari Meade Dance Collective in Thresholden|
Heart and Soul
Mari Meade Dance Collective and Teresa Fellion Dance at Triskelion
By QUINN BATSON
Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn continues to be one of the best venues to see choreographers put their heart and soul into a dance idea for the love of the art, the process, the chase. Small, professionally lit black box theaters are beginning to feel endangered, and Triskelion's split-bill and short-run shows fill a gap between bare-bones and big/unavailable venues.
Mari Meade Dance Collective tackled human, or even non-human, evolutionary cycles in Thresholden. With their typical whimsy and humor, the group added a few wrinkles to the ruthlessness of extinction and survival. Sculptural creations by Morgan Hurst lend an old-school sci-fi feel to the stage, and original music by Florian von Ameln, with single pieces each by Benjamin Gustafsson and Ludovico Einaudi, give Thresholden a darkly burbling, dynamic vitality. Dave Glista's low-lumen, deep-color lighting enhances all. Good groupwork dancing feels seamless and flowing, even as social and existential death and rebirth take turns, and things end on a mysterious note as a single individual pops or is blown out of a huddled, sleeping/succumbing group.
|MARI MEADE AND TERESA FELLION|
|Choreography by: Mari Meade, Teresa Fellion.|
Dancers: Mari Meade Dance Collective: Allison Beler, Dia Dearstyne, Breanna Gribble, Misuzu Hara, Sean Hatch, Morgan Hurst, Isaac Owens, Or Reitman, Rachel Rizzuto
Teresa Fellion Dance: Maria Gardner, Kimberly Murry, Svea Schneider, Elizabeth Shew, Jessica Stroh, Ashley Zimmerman.
Costumes by: Marc Witmer (Meade), Nina Katan (Fellion).
Lighting design by: David Glista.
March 11-12, 2017
Teresa Fellion's Agawam also has whimsy and humor and a fairly large group of well-rehearsed dancers, with a dancier, kitschier aesthetic. Agawam's dancers have a fresh-from-school virtuosity and vigor that certainly has its appeal; vignettes of disembodied dancing feet and gratuitous "hey-there" handwaves are a bit harder to figure. Original music composed and performed live by John Yanelli and Trilogy, featuring Emily Cardwell, has an intriguing, multilayered mix of music and crowd/spoken/environmental sounds that sometimes propels Agawam and sometimes seems at odds with the action; there is a darkness and complexity in the music that sometimes plays against a lighter, humorous intent onstage. Both the music and the dance leave unanswered questions.
|MARCH 20, 2017|
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