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.
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading