Fall For Dance Festival
Mark Morris Dance Group, Lil Buck,Trisha Brown Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet
New York City Center
New York, NY
October 27, 2011
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2011 by Mary Cargill
City Center's imaginative, and inexpensive, Fall for Dance, opened its eighth season with a mixture of companies, from the well known Mark Morris to the unique Lil Buck, who offered a hip hop version of The Dying Swan. Mark Morris' 2003 work "All Fours", to the String Quartet No. 4 of Bela Bartok, played, as is Morris' glorious custom, live, opened the program. The punny title was not overdone, and the choreography was straightforward, musical, and varied. It opened with a group of dancers in black against a searing red background, making them look like animated silhouettes. There was an underlying tension in the work, hints of anxiety and unease, as the dancers either ran or crouched. The people in black are eventually superseded by two couple in white, who dance in various combinations, most notably a staccato pas de deux for the two girls, who again project an underlying strangeness. They might have been puppets or automatons. This seems to be a work of mood, not narrative, a simple response to music, and it had a haunting beauty.