"Grace and Delia Are Gone"
Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture
San Francisco, CA
Sept. 22, 201
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano, 2016
Aerial dance, or apparatus-based dance as Jo Kreiter calls it for her twenty-year old Flyaway Productions, has earned its place with the Bay Area dance theater scene. Unlike her more recent out-door works on the sides and roofs of city buildings, “Grace and Delia Are Gone”-- an hour long contemplation about violence against women -- was performed in the small scale surroundings of and outside the old Firehouse at the Fort Mason Center at the edge of the Bay. There was an intimacy and individualized expressiveness to "Grace" that sometimes is difficult to communicate in more large-scale works. Kreiter’s dancers may still evoke a frisson when they slide head down a wall or swing into void as far as a rope will take them. But there is more to her work. An outspoken feminist with social concerns that particularly impact women, Kreiter is a dance theater maker whose choreography gives us images of physically strong and fearless women whether their stories talk about poverty, discrimination or abuse. In the end you believe that they will survive.
Laura Elaine Ellis and Sonsherée Giles in "Grace and Delia Are Gone." Photo: Austin Forbord Rapt Productions