Southern Exposure

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2009

The third piece is Yoked, by Fusionworks dancer Karen Swiatocha, set to music by Barry Black and Cowboy Junkies. The dance spotlights five women leaning, catching, or holding onto each other. Everyday gestures take on meaningful nuance in this evocative piece about finding and building community.

The two other dances by Meunier are set to George Winston (The Distant Aidenn) and Pat Metheny with Brad Mehldau (Double Stop; Longshore Drift). The former was molded from three solos Meunier did in 1986. Through the cascading arpeggios and hushed pauses of Winston's piano solos, Meunier takes three dancers through solos and duets that bring her to a synthesis of those three parts of herself. The latter dance was inspired by beach walks and Metheny's music; it has a sense of waves breaking, seaweed waving, and water ebbing away.

"As we've re-worked the minute details in these dances," Meunier noted, "the connection of the dancers has become strong-er and stronger, so that they think as a tribe when they're performing. That's very exciting."

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