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Flash Review, 6-1: Short 'n Sexy at the Flea
Lisa LeAnn & Terry Dean put on a (really swell) Dance Show!

By Maura Nguyen Donohue
Copyright 2000 Maura Nguyen Donohue

So I dragged myself away from a recently immunized and reluctant sister (not to mention yelling at Marky Mark to take his shirt off again in "Three Kings") to attend what I feared might be yet another struggle through another dance showcase, Lisa LeAnn and Terry Dean Put on a Dance Show. I did figure with choreographers like Mark Dendy and David Neumann on the roster at the Flea that I could expect at least a few moments of enjoyment. What I got were fast and fresh slices of modern dance pie and, to the chagrin of said sickly sibling, a fair share of yummy topless boys dancing.

Katie Workum opened the program with spurts of dance and conversation in "Stay. Stuck." Workum delightfully stutters and twitches with lighthearted adroitness, facing rejection with her face flat on the ground. Brooke Davila engages the audience with a skilled performance in Clare A. Thesing's brief "Verbal." The solo makes good use of the wall in the small but elegant Flea Theater. Brian Brooks is a modern dance android whose popping mechanisms are sticking in his articulate performance of "Just This Much." Lisa LeAnn Dalton hiccups her way through a horrific parody of country music in the opening of "If I'm a Fool" and follows with lots of weeble wobble rolls in the lotus position and then an astounding amount of monkey jumps and rolls. David Neumann slips and slides his way through another terrific deconstruction of gesture in "Dose." He performs in suit and hat to Tom Waits, adeptly shifting in and out of a Tim Roth kind of slick charm. Watching Neumann in this oozy woozy solo is like smoking a smooth Cuban cigar while drinking the spiked punch from your kid's prom. Terry Dean Bartlett's "Tricycle" is mesmerizing. Though the lighting design is not credited, it's very effective, especially in this trio with Dalton and Davila. The performers are revealed dangling from their hands off of red spikes. The image, thanks in part to the saturated red light, is of meat hanging off the butcher's hook. The dancers drop, jump back up, switch places, swing and twirl in this simple and seductive dance. I could have watched this longer than I would have thought. It's simple, gorgeous and performed with skill by all three.

The excerpts of Mark Dendy's "Rock and Soul," created collaboratively with the dancers, are both exquisitely crafted and performed by Alexander Gish, Nicole Berger and Timothy Bish. The Thai-styled sarong pants allow the performers' legs freedom and constant revelation while their bare torsos allow the audience views of beautiful articulating backs. Berger captures the audience and the end of the first of two duets with an ecstatic arch back into the ground. Now, two nights ago I dreamt that Keanu Reeves was a fantastic modern dancer and he was showing me a wonderful duet he was working on with Eddie Taketa. I'm still guessing the dream means 'go back to Hawaii for a while' but regardless the duet included some highly impossible partnering work. Or at least that's what I thought 'til I saw Tim and Alexander dance together in the second of Dendy's two duets. It's as rambunctious as the Rufus song it's danced to and was a nice infusion of bouncing babe boy energy. They matched each other in luscious dancing, managed their way through intricate partnering with ease and provided even more entertainment than watching "Trick" when your boyfriend's not home. That's for fags and hags alike.

Lisa LeAnn and Terry Dean Put on a Dance Show runs again next Wednesday, June 7 at 8pm ($15) and 10pm ($10) at the Flea Theater, 41 White St. in Tribeca. Info: 212-226-2407.

(Editor's Note: For more info on dancer, choreographer, and writer Maura Nguyen Donohue, go to www.inmixedcompany.com. To get on the e-mail list to be updated on Lisa LeAnn and Terry Dean's shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn, e-mail tdeanpear@hotmail.com.)

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