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Fall for Dance – Program I

Miami City Ballet
Vincent Mantsoe
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Dorrance Dance

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 2, 2017

Miami City Ballet
Polyphonia (2001, Company Premiere 2013):
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, Music by György Ligeti, Staged by Jason Fowler, Costumes by Holly Hynes, Lighting by Mark Stanley, Piano: Francisco Rennó, Performed by Tricia Albertson, Reyneris Reyes, Ashley Knox, Jovani Furlan, Emily Bromberg, Jennifer Lauren, Kleber Rebello, Renato Penteado.

Vincent Mantsoe
GULA (1993, NY Premiere):
Choreography and Costumes by Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe, Music by Gabrielle Roth and The Mirrors, “Totem”, Lighting by Carrie Cox, Performed by Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
You can see us (1995)
Choreography by Trisha Brown, Music and Costumes by Robert Rauschenberg, Production and Stage Manager, Nick Kolin, Performed by Cecily Campbell and Jamie Scott.

Dorrance Dance
Myelination (World Premiere):
Choreography by Michelle Dorrance with the dancers, Additional Choreography by Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and Matthew “Megawatt” West, Music by Prawn Til Dante (Donavan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson), Vocals by Aaron Marcellus, Lighting by Kathy Kaufmann, Production Manager/Sound Engineer: Christopher Marc, Stage Manager: Jenna Woods, Tech. Director/Asst. Stage Manager: Diego Quintanap, Piano and Clarinet: Donavan Dorrance, Violin and Keys: Aaron Marcellus, Bass and Clarinet: Gregory Richardson, Percussion: Nicholas Van Young, Performed by Michelle Dorrance and the Company.

Tonight’s high hormone, pulsating Program I of New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival 2017, a fabulous annual series of five programs, began with Miami City Ballet’s production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. Coincidentally, this unique ballet is also on tomorrow night’s New York City Ballet program at Koch Theater. In New York, we are used to seeing mostly tall, long-limbed City Ballet dancers create angular, intoxicating patterns in deep purple leotards and tights. Lighting is dim, and two pianos are rear stage for Ligeti’s stark score. The Miami City Ballet, under Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director, presented, instead, one pianist, Francisco Rennó, and eight mostly petite, muscular dancers, a different visual. Being the Miami Ballet, many Company members are Latin American, gorgeous and athletic. Polyphonia was fantastic, refreshing, and new all over. The dancers were balanced, daring, spritely, ebullient, bold, and filled with persona. The pianist made the music jazzy and quasi-Bernstein in tone and mood. Tricia Albertson with Reyneris Reyes, and Jennifer Lauren with Kleber Rebello especially caught my eye.

The Vincent Mantsoe work, GULA, was wanting in scope and heft, as the solo dancer/choreographer/costume designer mostly whistled like a forestial bird and stomped about on stage to the percussive “Totem”. However, the final two works were magnificent and high power. The Trisha Brown Dance Company under Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas, Assoc. Artistic Directors, presented Trisha Brown’s You can see us. Cecily Campbell and Jamie Scott performed so stunningly, in what I noted was scintillating, eloquent, and mysterious. One dancer faces rear stage, and one looks to the audience. Yet the dance, while not seeing each other, is totally mirrored. The effect is compelling and hypnotic. The brief work has depth and fascination. The dancers are spotlighted while moving to the electronic Rauschenberg score.

Michelle Dorrance brought her Company to close the program with her work, Myelination. Ms. Dorrance and an additional ensemble of ten, plus an understudy, prepared a dynamic tap dance event, with solos, trios, and so on. The live six-member band, listed above, was superb. The audience went wild. Before the lighting goes on, we hear tapping, and then Prawn til Dante’s (listed above) rhythmic score. The musicians and vocalist perform live, onstage, and that staging assists guitarist, Warren Craft, and percussionist, Nicholas Van Young, both of whom also dance in the ensemble. Dancers, Ephrat Asherie and Matthew West, are hip-hop, street dancers, who contort their bodies into twisted, muscular flesh, as if their bones are rubber. Meanwhile, remaining dancers tap, tap away, even falling and sliding. Ms. Dorrance, a master dancer, is mesmerizing and monumental. The lightning-quick “ratattatat” of the tappers infused the hall with enormous energy. Kudos to Michelle Dorrance.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Cecily Campbell and Jamie Scott
in Trisha Brown's "You can see us"
Courtesy of Stephanie Berger

Dorrance Dance
The Cast of Michelle Dorrance's "Myelination"
Courtesy of Stephanie Berger

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