JEREMY WADE AND PETE DRUNGLE COLLABORATE, SEEK THE SUBLIME AT ABRONS ARTS CENTER

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“I know New Yorkers hate audience interaction,” Jeremy Wade said half apologetically to his small audience before instructing us to get up out of our chairs and engage in a bit of partner-focused aura cleansing.

A FINE ROMANCE

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A broken white line rushes through the dark. We hurtle with it, as on a highway, until the line splits, becomes a barcode, a chromosomal map, a latticework of alphabetic sign. A woman emerges from the black; she’s joined by a man and they dance, ballroom style, their swirling figures tattooed by the light of the criss-crossing graphics.

A Nice Night for Narcissism FAYE DRISCOLL’S THERE IS SO MUCH MAD IN ME

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i>Mad in me is Driscoll’s latest work, purporting to “investigate the physical [i.e., dance] and theatrical narratives that drive our misplaced need to be seen.”

ACTION HEROES UNITE!

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After the opening performance of STREB’s Run Up Walls (continuing weekends through May 23) at her action lab in Williamsburg, much of the audience stuck around to celebrate the publication of Elizabeth Streb’s How to Become an Extreme Action Hero (The Feminist Press, 2010).

LOST IN TRANSLATION: MARIA HASSABI AND ROBERT STEIJN

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p>In Robert and Maria, at Danspace Project April 15-17, collaborators Maria Hassabi and Robert Steijn begin in a long embrace, their backs to the audience. A low vibratory sound fills St. Mark’s Church, my organs, and my brain.

CHOREOGRAPHY OR MOCKERY: “ARTISTS GET AWAY WITH SO MUCH…”

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It started in the church garden and I think we were supposed to move around, but it was dark and I couldn’t. Led Zeppelin played in the background and the dozen or so dancers ethereally faded into the evening’s darkness

SWAN LAKE, SANS SWANS

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It was rather peculiar to hear the opening notes of Tchaikovsky’s heart wrenching Swan Lake at the Center for Performance Research, an intimate venue in Williamsburg that provides affordable space for rehearsal and performance of contemporary dance.

PLEASE DON’T TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE: ZVIDANCE’S PREMIERE of ZOOM

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On an 80-degree evening in April, I sensed the crowd’s excitement for ZviDance’s new Zoom at Dance Theater Workshop. The evening-length work was publicized as an integration of “dance, cell phones, video, projection, a real-time web interface and live music.”

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MAY 2010

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