Campanhia de Danca Deborah Colker
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
October 28, 2010
by George Jackson
copyright 2010 by George Jackson
It may be being ungrateful for for all the drill and discipline, for the diversity of dance styles and dramatic topics, for the undeniable professionalism of production values and cleverness of concept that have gone into Deborah Colker's "Mix", but my response is disappointment. I still don't know what sort of choreographer Colker is, and this is the third time I've seen her work. Is she an artist or an exploiter? Shown first in "Mix" after the curtains open is a pair of images, one of each sex naked as in Eden, projected big onto screens. Not attractive or unattractive, neither contemporary or historic, with pedestrian rather than dancer bodies, this Adam and Eve are remarkable only for their nakedness. Colker neither dresses them nor dissects them. Having shown them, she lets them be and shifts our attention. Enter the dancers.