Chuck Schumer appeared at the opening night of the 2021 Fall for Dance Festival to proudly declare that the Save Our Stages Act passed by the Senate last year rescued all the arts in New York City. I’m not sure that’s entirely accurate, but I didn’t begrudge him the victory lap. And with the return of the live, giddy crowds to City Center for the FFDF, it did feel like business as usual in the dance world for a blissful moment. But when the curtain went up to reveal a massive triangular scaffold with three people dressed as ersatz superheroes perched atop it like pigeons, I found myself grappling with the surprising question: what exactly constitutes a dance?
Georgina Pazcoguin, Zachary Downer and Tyler Eisenreich in “Sweet Gwen Suite.” Photograph by Stephanie Berger