| ||Photo by Shannel Resto|
| ||Being Magnificent. Being Marginal.|
Donnell Oakley Makes Dances at Triskelion Arts
By QUINN BATSON
Getting a pure laugh from an 8-year-old child is a good sign you're doing something basic and true. Donnell Oakley made all of us laugh, or at least smile inside, with her well-named solo Being Magnificent. Being Marginal. at Triskelion.
"Fearless" is knocking on the side door to get into the performance space, walking a bike across the stage, and undressing down to your performance clothes, in no particular hurry, and then puttering around, walking into the audience and sitting down to watch an empty stage until someone (um, yourself) throws a tomato at the back wall. Brilliant is getting the audience onboard and laughing before they revolt, too.
From there, the beauty, sharpness and purity of Oakley's movement, often strung together in unexpected ways or timings, would be enough to fascinate, but she throws several more layers into the mix humor, perception, uncertainty seamlessly enough to earn the laugh of a child. And the seemingly tiniest things are some of the strongest; she gets the tomato and herself offstage with little fuss and big laughs.
|DONNELL OAKLEY MAGNIFICENT MARGINAL|
|Choreography by: Donnell Oakley.|
Dancers: Donnell Oakley, Emily Diers, Courtney Drasner, Jordan Risdon.
Costumes by: Donnell Oakley.
Lighting design by: Dave Glista.
Sound engineer: Matt Stine.
April 4 and 5, 2019
The trio, Epoquetude, which apparently grew up with the Magnificent solo and then calved off on its own, has moments of magic, too, but gives us a break from continuous thrall. Emily Diers, Courtney Drasner and Jordan Risdon dance with relaxed grace and casual precision. Epoquetude is softer in focus and intensity than Magnificent, but there is plenty of strong movement and good partnering. Drasner is especially fun to watch, solo or in trio.
|APRIL 22, 2019|
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