Questioning contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body, ANTHEM embraces theatricality, virtuosity and sass. The work weaves together existing and imagined vernacular dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Four women execute a repetitive yet complex movement vocabulary that evolves as they rotate hypnotically within the confines of a square. Over time, the meditative rigor of their steps dissolves into a tangle of commotion, blurring the distinction between the mundane and the glamorous.
Perfect Piranha moves in circles through ineffable strands of shady movement to fully-articulated declarative dancing. It emerges as an uninterrupted flow of continuous movement, veering between a whisper and a roar. Perfect Piranha gives sway to mixed emotions, evaporating patterns, and exclamatory physicality with vaudevillian flourishes. The dance concludes in an immaculate outpouring – Mandala – a dance within a dance. Mandala is an extraordinarily intricate ascending spiral that serves as soulful completion.
What would have happened in 1993 (the same year that Anne Geddes envisioned her first coffee table book “Down in the Garden” and GG Allin died of a drug overdose) if Geddes had traveled from New Zealand to New York City to rendezvous with GG Allin?
This will be like a tower of champagne flutes. But messier. And what’s pouring is something, but not champagne. It’s a delicate operation that’s leaking everywhere. Lots of leaking. What’s going to happen?? Lots of questions, too, and we’ll need your help. Come on down.
Performed by a dancer (Eleanor Smith), an actor (Massimiliano Balduzzi), a child (Ezra Azrieli Holzman) and a choreographer (Anna Azrieli), Mirror Furor unfolds as a feedback loop of repeated actions in which duets are ruined then reconstituted into dissolving solos, odd trios and finally, the four. Mutating from rawness to confidence, Mirror Furorattempts to forge connections between the action and its own reflections, which echo, reverberate and amplify through sustained repetition. The feminist quiver has legs of quaking beige clouds and shimmering blue lightning.