“Furniture Suite,” “Pas de Detour,” “Small Stages”
University Settlement House Speyer Hall
New York, NY
September 30, 2014
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2014 by Martha Sherman
For the opening of her 25th anniversary season, Ellen Cornfield didn’t need much space, much set, or much hoopla. Her small company of excellent dancers moved to graceful and distinct choreography, adding just enough humor to make it feel like a genuine celebration. Cornfield, who learned her trade with Merce Cunningham, paid tribute to his discipline and energy in her choreography, but she humanized the work with tender underlying jokes and human expression, triggering connections among the dancers as characters in vaguely told stories.
Photo: Maggie Cloud (background,) Cori Kresge in “Furniture Suite.” Photo © Steven Schreiver