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Re: “Wanted: Audiovisual Rosetta Stone. Must decrypt possibly significant movements and sounds from a lost -- and therefore avant-garde -- culture. Rush to: The Audience, Education of the Girlchild, ADF

While I mostly agree with Michael R., I suspect the piece worked better when MM was younger. Her portrayal of youth was not good enough to move me. I too was bored by the repetitiveness, especially of the sound.

Posted by Tony Armer on 07/14/2008 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Pilobolus Poll 2: Strongest work of the night?

I agree with Tom Gee's voting: a tie between Nocturne & Symbiosis - both moving pieces. I liked Darkness & Light better than he did, though I agree with Byron that the pieces didn't have any progression or linkage; it was more a series of experiments. More power to Pilobolus for contually pushing the envelope. Next step: put a couple of the dancers in front of the scrim to interact with the projections.

Posted by Tony Armer on 06/28/2008 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Pilobolus Poll 1: Darkness and Light Yeah, but is it dance?

For me, Darkness & Light was an illusion, rather than a dance. It is a piece of art, similar to some computer art and can be enjoyed as such - which I very much did. In a sense it is dance, in that it is created by dancing, as a painting is a painting because it was created by painting, whereas a giclee is a photo, even though it looks like a painting. However, the audience has difficulty receiving D&L as dance because we are used to seeing the act itself, the movement of bodies. The suggestion of putting video screens at the sides showing what is going on would probably take care of that, although it would be distracting. Ideally, assuming they shorten the piece (which might help it), they might consider running it twice, once without the backstage view and once with. That could be fascinating. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening - the variety of style showing how broad Pilobolus's range is. Symbiosis was for me the best piece and most representative of their body of work, but Razors and Nocturne were quite moving in very different ways. And the talent of those 7 is remarkable.

Posted by Tony Armer on 06/21/2008 at 5:54 PM

Re: “The soul cages

Saw Orange/Blue last night. I agree with you in general,but what makes the play work is the uncomfortable feeling that each of the three may be right, and, beyond that, that there really is no adequate solution for Christopher. It also seemed a bit unreal for these doctors to talk to Chris in such total psychobabble.

Posted by BonTonA on 10/12/2007 at 4:27 PM

Re: “You saw it...

Mindblowing! I have rarely been so emotionally involved by a dance performance. Especially fascinating was the interaction of the musicians and dancers. I hadn't realized until the talkback that the instruments used were all (but one) from Bosch's time - a fact that made the music even more effective.

Posted by Tony Armer on 06/10/2007 at 3:02 PM

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