BRUBECK AND DESMOND'S TAKE FIVE, more or less
Women's vibrant rainbow of cocktail dresses,
Men in black shirts and slacks, splash of red ties.
Multiple variations of dancer partnering; several solos.
Piquat humor, complete with tap dancing and shimmy.
Playfully relating, interweaving, leaping and swirling.
Now with this one, now with that one, now left out.
Harnessed in suspended ropes, able to touch stage
To push off into air or slide sideways, almost horizontal.
Couple floats within ebb and flow of love's currents:
Ecstasy, conflict, enmeshment, cut-off, entwined.
Flowing even when fighting, balance of seeker/sought.
Breath-takingly beautiful, soul enhancing, tearful appreciation.
STRAVINSKY'S STATE OF DARKNESS
Lengthy athletic solo: full flex of each muscle,
Summoned to constant motion and exertion.
Yogic slowness with only one or two points of contact.
Sweaty sheen illustrates extreme effort.
If any excess padding (doubtful) at beginning of
Rehearsals and performance, none left at end.
CERRUDO'S WORLD PREMIERE
Six songs by six composers, taped rather than live:
Melodic, surreal and haunting, soaring, expansive.
Somber range of shades of grey toward black,
Non-distracting of complex dance patterns.
Flood lights on stage floor, in varying patterns,
Dancers sometimes waiting in twilight.
Frenetic movements of varying groupings,
Bodies intermingling--geometrically, like insects.
Ann Beth Blake
(c) March 22, 2014