“Inside It’s Raining,” “Falling,” “Dialogue of a Portrait,” “Middlegame”
Company/E and Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre
American Dance Platform- Program A
The Joyce Theater
New York, NY
January 3, 2017
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2017 by Martha Sherman
Much contemporary dance skips narrative on purpose, freeing the work (as Judson artists and other contemporary giants did) from “meaning,” story, and often from a direct relationship to music. The contemporary works in the opening program of the Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform, though, went the opposite way, engaging much interpretation of character and story to puzzle over. Several of the works mixed humor with seriousness, but the jumbled stories embedded in the dance were sometimes more distracting than illuminating.
Alexandra Berger (with crown) and Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre company in "Middlegame." Photo © Ian Douglas.