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Flash Review 3, 2-28: Over-40 Plentitude
No Pigeonholing Dancers Over 40

By Chris Dohse
Copyright 2000, 2014 Chris Dohse

NEW YORK -- The eight dances presented by Dancers Over 40 Saturday at the Cunningham Studio defied generalization, just as their creators defy pigeonholing. All of the artists on the program enjoyed successful dance careers before they celebrated the specific birthday that qualified them for group membership, careers that show no sign of sagging. Beyond a common bond of age, however, their works were as varied as a concert of undergraduates. Some of the choreographers, like Graham-trained Deborah Zall, chose a narrow compositional focus within which to display virtuosity--in this case a gift for elegant, amaranthine lifts--in her collaborative duet (with Alexander Proia), "Remembering George Sand." Others appeared to challenge themselves with fresh concerns, as did ex-Paul Taylor dancer Elizabeth Keen in her lighthearted, noodley "It Keeps On."

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