The dancers of Sasha Waltz & Guests and the musicians of Bang on a Can All-Stars walked onstage in silence, their forms making dark silhouettes against a saturated pink backdrop. For a few minutes they milled about, reconfiguring into different pairs, groups, and lines before the musicians eventually settled themselves at their instruments and the dancers found their marks. A bright chime sound, coming from percussionist David Cossin, set the the driving beat that propels Terry Riley’s iconic minimalist score “In C” forward. As more lights came up and the dancers warmed up with rhythmic shoulder rolls and head turns, dawn seemed to be breaking.
Sasha Waltz / Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Terry Riley’s “In C” at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Photograph by Stephanie Berger