Magazine article Dance Magazine

Julliard Dance Division, Julliard Theater, May 16 and May 18, 1998

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Julliard Dance Division, Julliard Theater, May 16 and May 18, 1998

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JUILLIARD THEATER YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS CONCERT MAY 16, 1998 1998 SENIOR GRADUATION PERFORMANCE MAY 18, 1998

The best way to learn anything is to do it. The nine works representing the thoughts of eight young Juilliard dancemakers presented on the Young Choreographers Concert dealt with a wide range of considerations, from an apocalyptic presentation of humankind's endemic combativeness in Houses Made of Stone to Swing, a celebration of moving engagingly to the happy music of the swing era.

Alexandra Itacarambi's Houses went on too long and lost focus, but not our sympathy for the situation portrayed. Jason Reed's Swing set four couples in high-energy trajectories to the lilting arrangement of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima's band. It was fast, furiously interlocked movement that was fun to watch. Like Drums was a solo for Reed that had a percussion and recited accompaniment and suggested a West African dance in tone but basically was a technical showpiece. The other solo dance, Lance Sherman's Jinx, was performed impressively but similarly demonstrative of skills looking for a subject. Darrell Moultrie in Dos set two women in a spirited competition that started with them seated sedately, developed into a chase, and ended in a waggling collapse. It amusingly celebrated competitiveness.

In Perpetual Flux choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska demonstrated great economy of movement in her follow-the-leader round of action. Christina May looked at human relationships in Short Stories but found little to celebrate in the assorted pairs' brief encounters. For All We Know was a duet of athletic companionship by Kristofer Storey with a spectacular backward fall and catch that strongly suggested dependability. Moultrie and Asha Thomas co-choreographed and performed Whispering Loudly, a duet suggesting a vigorous and friendly relationship. …

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