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Flash Review 1, 2-16:
Mark Jarecke's "Auto.Publik"
By Ursula Eagly
Copyright 2001 Ursula Eagly
Last night at Danspace
Project at St. Mark's Church, Mark Jarecke presented "Auto.Publik"
-- 50 minutes of stylish, emotionally distant dancing set to electronic
music. Looking as though they just stepped from the pages of an
avant-garde fashion spread, the six women dancers wear structured
white tunics and pants, pale makeup, and punked-out hair. Austere
pillars of different widths bisect the stage, and the dancers move
through them in shifting patterns. The one element that saves the
production from aesthetic slickness is the imperfection of every
possible audience sight-line; the view is always partially obstructed
by pillars. As audience members walk to different vantage points,
their movement becomes a part of the dance as well.
"Auto.Publik" is Jarecke's
first evening-length piece, created in collaboration with architect
Illya Azaroff and hipster filmmaker and Caipirinha Productions founder
Iara Lee. While Lee's film projections (which appear primarily at
the beginning of the performance) do not add to the piece, her fashionable,
techno-savvy style reverberates throughout.
The choreography has
an electronic quality to it. Often, several performers stand still
while a pair or a trio dances in unison, each limb working with
intention. Heavy heads bring torsos to knees as the six dancers
step back, jump angularly to the side, and slide to the floor. A
relatively small movement vocabulary results in repeated motifs,
like a computer program randomly generating patterns within a given
structure - sterile, but also inexplicably fascinating.
Mark Jarecke continues
at Danspace Project through Sunday, with an 8:30 curtain tonight
and tomorrow, and a 7:30 curtain Sunday. For more information, please
visit the Danspace
Project web page on our site.
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