Mood swings

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 17, 2008

The last piece, White Bred Waltz, swings into the political statement that is often present in Carrara and Deffet’s work — it is performed by Ford, Hendrix, Molina, and Saunders, with Deffet singing a verse of “America the Beautiful” in the first movement and the musicians performing for the second and third. Costumes are outrageous combinations of red, white, and blue, with a large piece of stretchy red fabric used as shawl, veil, tug-of-war rope, bloody flag, and shroud. Quotes from President Bush resound as the dancers enact the anxieties of living in today’s America.

This staging of dance in a small venue, surrounded by visual art, is a terrific idea, and the lighting and diaphanous downstage curtain are quite effective. The problem for dance audiences, however, is that only those in the first row can see all of the movement, because the seating is on a flat surface. And in dance with this much drama, you don’t want to miss the nuances.

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