Seven new ballets. Four commissioned scores. One renowned architect. This is what New York City Ballet offered over the course of its eight-week spring season, called Architecture of Dance.
Since youre reading this article, chances are youre an experienced, contemporary dance-goer and dont need me to tell you that a piece of choreography can look like anything but. Nonetheless, theres strange and theres strange-er. Donna Uchizonos longing two (June 1-5) belongs in the second category.
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Strange Action, Isabel Lewiss first solo work, is an intentionally uneven, highly personal examination of the act of performing. The emphasis is on process, a choice buzzword for institutionalized performance. How, then, can a show riding on this thoroughly worn out idea, distinguish itself? Hint: the answer doesnt lie in layered, meaning-seeking, pop-cultural references.
Dancers sharing the stage with actors; movement mingling with text; passages from Walt Whitman and Sinclair Lewis juxtaposed with quotes from Bitch Ph.D. (a popular feminist blog) and references to Twitter. Irony. Interdisciplinarity.