Shockwave Delay, a two and a half hour unscripted docudrama of twenty overlapping chapters performed by a rotating cast of musicians, actors, and dancers, is like one of those kinetic sculptures where a ball travels through a complex course of loops, turns, triggers, and traps that goes on and on until youre sure, yes, this section is the home stretch. But no, its not the end.
Christopher Wheeldon enlivens the entire stage when given the chance, as he does in spades with ABTs Like Water for Chocolate, a grand, new co-production with the Royal Ballet.
Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd was originally conceived and performed as part of Danspace Projects Platform 2016: Lost and Found. Its 2023 reprisal continues to explore and recover the legacies of a generation of artists lost from AIDS complications, centering the choreography and writing of John Bernd, a performance artist active in New York Citys downtown dance scene during the 1980s. Bernds piece Surviving Love and Death, performed at Performance Space 122 in 1981, is one of the earliest performance works to address HIV/AIDS, before it even had a name. Co-directed by Miguel Gutierrez and Ishmael Houston-Jones, a friend, collaborator, and caregiver of John Bernds, Variations collages and reshapes his body of work, carrying its spirit into the present.