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4.4 / 5 Rated by 17 members
Review from Ken Henderson
52 events 33 reviews

This was a very good performance by an extremely talented dance company. All the pieces were well done but "Helen" was the focal point and beautifully danced.

reviewed Mar 30 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from rebecca
113 events 30 reviews

select pieces are quite good.

reviewed Mar 30 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Michael Mytels
64 events 22 reviews

Strange motions by "dancers" poorly defined. Limited artistic value and even less impressive political message. But the choreography is original enough to make the experience not a total waste of time.

reviewed Apr 01 2012 report as inappropriate
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Moses’ latest work, __Helen, __is at times a love triangle and otherwise a battle for competing ideas. Showcasing Moses’ élan for creating ferociously elegant dancing, __Helen __is a trio  inspired by and set to music and spoken word by Carl Hancock Rux and poetry by E. Ethelbert Miller, with allusions to Homer’s Iliad

Carl Hancock Rux is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and recording  artist. He is the former head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the  California Institute of the Arts, and has taught or been in residence at the University of  California–San Diego, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst,  Hollins University, the University of Iowa and Brown University. He is the author of the novel, Asphalt, the OBIE Award winning play, Talk, and the Village Voice Literary prize-winning collection of poetry, Pagan Operetta.  Rux has also worked as a writer and frequent guest performer in dance, collaborating with Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, Jane Comfort & Co., Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance  Theater and Martha Clark. Rux received a BESSIE© award for his direction of the Lisa Jones/Alva Rogers dance musical, __Stained.  __E. Ethelbert Miller is the author of nine books of poetry, two memoirs and the editor of three poetry anthologies. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Poet Lore, and __Sojourners. __Since 1974 he has been director of Howard University’s African American Resource Center.  

Created by Moses in collaboration with visual artist Elaine Buckholtz and rock guitarist Paul Carbonara (Blondie, Mary McBride), __Scrubbing the Dog __is conceived as a new form  of activated graphic novel that promises to redefine the live performance experience. A trans-disciplinary, original artistic work for the 10-member RMK company, __Scrubbing  the Dog __explores how historically racist and otherwise offensive cultural iconography has  become “scrubbed” of its original meanings over the course of time. The company will preview excerpts of __Scrubbing the Dog __at YBCA and the completed work will premiere later this year as part of RMK’s summer season at ODC Theater in June. 

Biography, inspired by the life and work of author James Baldwin, features the 1961  audio recording of a roundtable discussion on Black perceptions of the American setting  in art, featuring James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Emile Capouya,  and Alfred Kazin. Hansberry excoriates the “arbitrary and superficial approach to Negro character of white writers.” Baldwin describes his sense of the polarity between being a writer and a Black American in a “state of rage.” Poet Hughes explains himself boldly as a “propagandist.”

Completing the YBCA program are the Isadora Duncan Dance Award-winning works __The Soft Sweet Smell of Firm Warm Things __– not seen in its entirety since 2003 — and Speaking Ill of the Dead, Moses’ 2007 meditation on war. 

The dancers of the company are Brendan Barthel, Crystaldawn Bell, Vincent Chavez,  Dudley Flores, Norma Fong, Caitlin Kolb, Dexandro Montalvo, Josie Garthwaite Sadan,  Victor Talledos, and Katherine Wells. 

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