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Report, 8-30: Dancers Responding to Life and Death
DRA Kicks off the Fall Season
By Darrah Carr
Copyright 2002 Darrah Carr
NEW YORK -- Featuring
companies ranging from Jazz Dance America to the International Ballet
Project to nicholasleichterdance, Monday's Dancing for Life concert
more than fulfilled its stated mission of demonstrating the diversity
of dance in New York City and promoting its continued development.
The free performance was held outdoors at Bryant Park, an oasis
of green behind the public library in midtown. Produced by Dancers
Responding to AIDS (DRA), the performance, along with its sister
show at noontime, kicked off the second annual NYC
Festival of Dance. Through September 14, master classes will
be held at ten studios around New York City, with proceeds benefiting
DRA, a vital arm of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the
nation's largest industry-based AIDS fundraising organizations.
The upcoming month also
sees performances around town, including those of Dancenow/NYC and
Evening Stars 2002 (formerly held at the World Trade Center Plaza,
now moved to Battery Park). Taken as a whole, the extremely talented
performers and multitude of planned activities are a strong testament
to the vibrancy and dedication of New York's dance community.
For Monday's kick-off,
diversity was expressed not only in the forms of dance presented,
but also in the range of performers' experience and age. Former
Paul Taylor dancer Rachel Berman, a seasoned performer and audience
favorite, presented Ernest Morgan's "Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u," a smooth,
sensous solo referencing her native Hawaii. Berman danced beneath
the festival banner on which her own image was captured in a joyous,
flying grand jete. The contrasting styles were interesting and both
produced equally stunning images. The program also featured Creative
Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn's Young Artists. Trained by choreographer
Jamel Gaines, the teenagers are incredibly mature, beautiful movers.
They devoured the space with piercing extensions and powerful, athletic
Moving further across
the age spectrum, David Sanders Dance Dynamics, an enormous group
of 48 tappers -- teenagers, pre-teens and even younger -- absolutely
stole the show. From East Islip Long Island, the troupe was named
DRA Studio of the Year 2002, for raising more money for the DRA
fund than any studio across the country. The performers moved with
complete precision and in perfect unison. An initial group of 30
opened the show with "Because We Can," while halfway through the
evening, a second group breezed through "Jumpin' Jack." Sanders'
s entire crew joined together to wrap up the concert, proving that
no stage is too small and no smile is too big. It was truly uplifting
to watch the young performers dance their hearts out, with the sun
beginning to set and the lights of Broadway (where many will no
doubt end up) glowing behind them. It gave credence to emcee Joe
Lanteri's final exhortation that during these several weeks, dancers
should "Take a second to realize how lucky you are that dance is
in your life. Kick ball change, whatever, just dance!"
The 6 p.m. performance
also included Henning Rubsam's Sensedance, excerpts from Rock Stars
NYC choreographed by Skip Costa, a piece by Chase Brock, and the
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. The noon show featured several of
the same performers, as well as the Sean Curran Company, MOMIX,
Alpha-Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Sara Joel, 8 & AH1 Productions
with choreography by Chet Walker, and Wes Veldink Movement.
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