Old masters

By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 2, 2010

Gifford made The Pursued (1947) in response to Picasso's Guernica. Set to flamenco music, it was performed last week by students Sophia Gutierrez and G. Ben Fred on BU's "Aurora Borealis 8" program in the BCA's Roberts Studio Theater. A woman stares and lunges out into space, falls to her knees and stretches back, steps and searches, seeing something we can't. A man appears, leaping and lunging, dancing with the same kind of wariness. Side by side they step forward, then back, then forward, their heads turning together to look for whatever may be in the distance. They cover a lot of space when they move, but they don't seem to get anywhere. Inevitably, they'll be caught.

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