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Flash Review 2, 4-27: "New Sex"
A Basic Cabaret from Hollis & Co.
By Maura Nguyen Donohue
Copyright 2001 Maura Nguyen Donohue
I was so tickled to see my own quote
(from an earlier DI flash)
on Terry Hollis's postcards for "New Sex...a basic cabaret," running through Sunday
at P.S. 122, that I missed the description of the work that mentioned "repression."
Here I am thinking I got this assignment rather appropriately because, "yum, yum,"
I'm probably The Dance Insider's most (confessed) salacious Flasher. With a name
like "New Sex," I'm thinking we're in for a real banger. But this new sex does
not put out, except for a few fleetingly erotic moments spent bent over a chair.
But, though "New Sex" doesn't 'put
out,' Hollis and company still put forth some solid performances. Summed up it
feels like a pretty dry look at sex, that punches at points but takes a while
to warm up. The work is interspersed with stories told by each of the performers
of a first-time or strange sexual encounter. These are at times vaguely interesting
but a challenge for the pacing of the work. We're overdue for some light and some
action by the time the first group dance happens.
When it is dancing, the group doesn't
disappoint. Ilaan Egeland, Tamieca McCloud, Tom Price, Julie Rose and Melissa
Wynn all join Hollis with skill and sophistication, and Hollis's duet with Price
is viral without too much testosterone. A section in which each performer presents
an outburst, in what looks like 'charades for modern dancers,' is striking and
witty. It's also an excellent lead into a solo for Hollis that moves, moves, moves
and reminds me of what I liked about him last time I saw him.
The final group dance has everyone
in a constant shift, changing partners around a short bench in a casual way. It's
a good groove. The ensemble works well together and moves smoothly through the
partnering in a way that sets me at ease. This is how I imagine The General Public
imagines a modern dance company's modus operandi might be. Everyone's sleeping
with everyone else and nobody minds too much. Of course, it could also just resemble
day traders unwinding at an all-night party in the bowels of the City.
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