David Neumann/ advanced beginner group
Dance Theater Workshop
New York, NY
Oct. 23-27, Oct. 30- Nov. 3
by Lisa Rinehart
copyright 2007 by Lisa Rinehart
David Neumann's "feedforward" is a super smart, sideways look at the high church of American sport, and his crackling wit is the best in the biz. Eleven dancers and four willing trombonists unite in this danced collision between the inner struggle of the athlete, and the flash and trash of televised sports hyperbole. There's plenty of action, comically obtuse text delivered commentator style, and some fine moves for referees of all stripes. Neumann, who admits to being "not really a sports person," compacts the agony and ecstasy of competition into a neat little movement poem about where passions truly burn in American culture.