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Flash Review 1, 1-6:
Grenke's New Art Form
"Savage/Love" 's Blissful Mix
By Ursula Eagly
Copyright 2001 Ursula Eagly
Dance, theater, visual
art, music, and love story sounds like a lethal mixture. Ambitious
multi-media works can be scattered, and love on stage can be melodramatic.
Yet David Grenke Thingsezisee'm Dance/Theater's new production of
"Savage/Love," written by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin and performed
at the Pace Downtown Theater this weekend, delicately intertwines
these elements, using each sparingly and to its full advantage.
Grenke's staging of "Savage/Love" is as multifaceted as it is beautiful.
Six musicians accompany
six performers, who are dressed in iridescent evening wear with
clear shiny plastic accessories: clear shiny plastic shoes for the
women and clear shiny plastic vests or neckties for the men. The
set design creates three levels for the performers to move about
on: the level of the audience, the level of the stage, and a third
level made by a high platform that spans the length of the stage.
The placement of performers on these different elevations creates
a visually stunning, almost two-dimensional tableau.
Grenke assigns each performer
a role. One actor suffers from a humorous, love-induced identity
crises. He loses 15 pounds and practices a new smile for a lover
he has yet to meet. In another instance, he wonders if his lover
dreams of him or of Paul Newman. A long-armed actress talks ambiguously
about having killed her partner without him noticing. Another actor
addresses his lover. At one point, his words appear projected on
the wall above the actress's head. Each phrase hangs for a second
before dissolving like snowflakes. A corps of three women dancers
amplify the others' movements, words, and music by taking their
cues from certain gestures or rhythms. Grenke himself dances two
breathtakingly lyrical and heartbreakingly contorted solos. His
chin is pinned to his chest and his back arched in an uncomfortable
S-shape while his arms create mesmerizing shapes. Together these
different characters paint the portrait of a relationship, or of
several relationships, or perhaps of love as a cultural practice.
of love keeps well away from melodrama because of the extreme restraints
he places on his performers. They are almost entirely isolated from
each other. Actors never address one another and dancers never touch
Austerity also prevents
the use of multi-media from becoming fragmented. The soliloquies
are never verbose and the movement is never unbridled. One art form
never fights to take attention away from another. Rather, one medium
comes to the foreground while the other recedes, each making space
for the other in turn. Movement slows to allow for the visual projections,
talking ceases to allow for dance. These transitions are so smooth,
so unnoticed that the differences between art forms seems meaningless.
Grenke has achieved true aesthetic mastery in multimedia art; namely,
the media no longer appear multi, but work together seamlessly to
create a single, limitless, and entirely new form of art.
"Savage/Love" is performed
again today and tomorrow at 2 p.m., and tonight at 8 p.m. For more
information, please call 212-280-8021.
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