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Flash Review 1, 5-19: Joyce Soho presents

By Maura Donohue
Copyright 2000 Maura Donohue

Despite the deluge that dropped from the sky last night I sloshed my way across Houston St. after a much needed yoga class to witness the current offerings from Joyce Soho Presents. The program which included works by Charlotte Adams, Ivy Baldwin, Tina Croll and Kathryn Sullivan begins, disturbingly, with a woman standing and ends, delightfully, with another slumped in a tub.

The music and vocals of Anne Martin in Kathryn Sullivan═s ˝Femme de Bout (Woman Standing)ţ startles you in its opening. Martin═s voice creates an eerie landscape of female struggle with wild cries at the beginning and end. In between these two points in this brief dance we see a sinewy Ann Owen reaching and flailing against a distressed, haute couture skirt by Ursula & Benjamin. Tina Croll dances a simple solo accompanied by live violinists Monica Bauchwitz and Theresa Salomon in her ˝Sudden Exitţ. She mentions ˝tapping into strong emotionsţ in her program notes. I didn═t get a sense of what those were but she executed the many gestures in the dance with refined simplicity and eloquent specificity. Charlotte Adams offers up a duet between dancer Michele Kriner and a bathtub. The piece opens with a devilish trick on the audience that immediately informs us this is to be a light piece without too much hidden inner angst. It═s just ˝a quirky look at lost love and solaceţ performed with smooth articulation to Mexican melodies.

Ivy Baldwin═s ˝Interrupted Sequenceţ was performed by the very well rehearsed Angharad Davies, Danielle Dugas, Heather Olson, Jennifer Risch, Jeanne Schickler, Jennifer Uzzi and Katy Woitel. The dancers executed the material with very tight precision as members of what Baldwin considers to be todays machine-like society. Yeah, the premise is a little cliched and the choreography starts off a little like a comp class exercise in bound movement but as the automatons struggle to leave the chain the dance gathers strength with a nicely realized rhythm sequence on the floor and some adept partnering work. The woman sitting next to me (ok, my sister) said ˝It was awesomeţ. She loved the precise tight movement and how it perfectly matched the churning musical mayhem of Tom Waits. So there. Joyce Soho Presents runs Fri & Sat, 8:00pm, 212-334-7479.


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