Magazine article Dance Magazine

Lynn Shapiro

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Lynn Shapiro

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Lynn Shapiro's concert, "Jynxed," was smashingly wonderful--five solos and duets that are small gems. Shapiro's vision is dark and troubling, but her voice so original, her work so intelligent and unique, that the final effect is to be up-liked by the quality of her art.

Cassandra (1996) is a dynamite solo for Romina Pedroli, a beautiful, long-limbed, dark-haired lass, a dancer of extraordinary strength, boldness, and nuance. To the repeated lyrics, "Ever dance with the devil?" and wearing black velour pants and a see-through top, Pedroli obsessively and ominously runs her double-jointed finger around her rump, twists her long black tendrils, and arches onto the floor, violently slamming her back onto the surface again and again--Shapiro's own prophetess of disaster. The dance is set to Erik Friedlander's splendid, surging music for cello, guitar, and saxophone, variously jazzy, spooky, and lyrical.

In the 1991 Silent Night (music arranged by England's Choir of York-Minster) Pedroli is more maidenly. Hair pulled into a bun, wearing a blue dress, cantilevered forward at ninety degrees in releve and held at the hips by Matthew Brookoff, Pedroli and her partner make their gawky way through the space. They end on the floor; as the choir sings, "Christ the saviour is born," Brookoff watches Pedroli backstroke away from him--an erotic angel, the Virgin Mary, or both, swimming toward Bethlehem.

In Mother's Garden (1993) a broken swing dangles at one side of the stage. To the piercingly beautiful The Unanswered Question, by Charles Ives, Pedroli, this time in a flowered dress, legs spread wide, hands crossed and fluttering at her neck, rolls about in her white schoolgirl cotton pants, a tortured Isadora trying in vain to dance happily in Eve's garden of long ago. …

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