Jane Franklin Dance: Modern Dance Company in That Indistinct Edge
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American Ballet Theatre, regarded as one of the world's finest dance companies, brings an evening of mixed repertory to the Kennedy Center. Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides is a romantic reverie with music by Chopin orchestrated by Britten. Tchaikovsky powers the D.C. premiere of ABT principal dancer Marcelo Gomes' Aftereffect. Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream marks 450 years since Shakespeare's birth. For over 70 years, American Ballet Theatre has wowed audiences everywhere with their passion, innovation and athleticism. The New York Times called them "American ballet at its peak," and it's easy to see why. Learn More
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Featured review from suzanne
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The venue, music, and lighting were fine. Occasionally, the music was great. Occasionally, the music and lighting were distractions from the dance, rather than supporting it or adding to it. The first piece, which was predominantly a constant running back and forth across the stage by the performers who then would stop and strike a yoga pose, (which were often too difficult for several of the performers), came together somewhat toward the end when there was finally some interaction between dancers and the energy level seemed to even out. The costumes were a distraction and did not add visually--they seemed ill fitting and uninteresting.
The second piece was done with a "sculpture" which was manipulated throughout the dance by the dancers themselves, and this did not work at all. The artistic director briefly explained before and after that the point was that the dancers took their cues from the sculpture---made no sense how it was explained and watching it didn't help. The music shifted, the dancers did their thing, the sculpture was changed around, people took turns doing acrobatic stuff, the guy almost dropped the girl, yoga poses again, trembling legs and people straining to perform the choreography, too contrived, too disjointed, I was praying for it to be over when the lights went out.
I wanted to like this and did enjoy the last quarter of the first piece. But overall I was disappointed by the amateurism of the production. It was embarrassing to watch a group of people trying so hard and obviously wanting to be good, but failing. I do not recommend this.
Jane Franklin Dance premieres a new media collaboration with artist Bryan Leister, and repeats Incidence, a dance and installation art project.
Indistinct Boundaries blurs the lines between expectations and what actually happens; between virtual and real. It explores the dynamics of polar opposites by animating shadows and by casting shadows of objects that are not there. Bryan Leister has generated the music mathematically through cycles and wave forms and has created animated organic structures bsed on mathematical algorithms that evolve over time. The dance, created in six parts, is an environment that amplifies and isolates the projections.
A previous partnership with Bryan Leister, Temporal Interference, combined dance with interactive sound and video to create a "gentle tugging at the fabric of space and time." (Washington City Paper)
Incidence, premiered in 2008 at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, is a dance, music and installation art piece that follows the non-linear trajectory of chance. It uses a life size kinetic sculpture by Howard Connelly and music by Gina Biver.