Backdropped in layers of flowy plastic sheeting, an enormous inflatable nut brown sow dominates the stage. Projected video make it appear uncannilly as if it’s breathing. The sow lies on her side peering out at the audience with a weepy eye. The English expression, in a pig’s eye, often emphatically means Like hell I will or I won’t do it and It seems, at least to me, that’s partly the message choreographer Silvana Cardell and her dramaturg Blanka Zizka want you to come away with. Or, to use another porcine idiom, perhaps we ought not to eat like a pig, or at least don’t kill them, or any other bodies.
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading