|Kate Weare's Bright Land|
Kali and I attended a contemporary dance performance on Saturday evening featuring two new and relatively small dance companies, Kate Weare and Monica Bill Barnes. Each company performed one 40-minute-long piece, and each company consisted of four dancers, two women and two men in Weare's company and four women in Barnes'. Weare's company performed first, offering a composition entitled Bright Land set to a medley of bluegrass revival music.
For the first two-thirds of Bright Land, I was absolutely transfixed, and I imagine that most of the relatively modest audience was, too, because you could have heard a pin drop in silences between the musical pieces. During this section of Bright Land, all four dancers were on stage at all times, usually dancing ensemble, but sometimes pairing off. Some of the best parts of the piece showcased the dancers in partnerships marked by surprising, elegant lifts and circlings in service to taut, tango-like dance dynamics. I found myself thinking, "I could watch these people dance for the rest of the night."
However, as the end of the piece approached, the stage was occupied alternately by only one or the other of the couples, not by all four dancers. The mysterious electricity generated by the group quickly dissipated for me, so that by the end of the piece I had largely lost interest in what was going on.
|Monica Bill Barnes' Another Parade|