Adrian Danchig-Waring is a poet. His body articulates anticipation and pleasure, the tumult of ecstasy, and the ache of longing in Lar Lubovitch’s “Desire,” created as part of Lubovitch’s 80th birthday celebration in collaboration with the Guggenheim’s Works and Process series. The solo depends on Danchig-Waring’s liquid transitions and refined, easy movement. Even when he is purposefully grappling with his balance on one foot or fighting a disobedient leg in a bit of tangled floor work, his mastery of his own body is profoundly felt. But it is Danchig-Waring’s startling openness that keeps the choreography from what might feel in other hands a tendency to toggle between blasé and overwrought. To catch such a singular performance like this is lucky; to enjoy it outdoors, among the pine trees and in front of the resplendent Lake Tahoe, in a program full of such delights as part of the eleventh annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, is a profound privilege.
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continua a leggere