Magazine article Dance Magazine

Clearlight/2

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Clearlight/2

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CLEARLIGHT/2 CHARLOTTE YORK IREY THEATRE, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER AUGUST 29-30, 1998

Prior to the opening of the second installment of ClearLight/2: A Second Synthesis of Dance and Light, cocreator-lighting designer Bob Shannon talked about what he wanted to reveal onstage: "That clean, crisp light you see in nature." To judge by the look of things, he and choreographer Peg Posnick have succeeded admirably. The color and light of ClearLight/2 reflect the sun and moon of a Colorado summer; the pinks and blue-grays of a typical sunset, the dawn that turns the Flatiron Mountains a deep red; the intense white of last August's full moon.

The ClearLight series by Shannon and Posnick was inspired by both artists' experiences with pioneering choreographer Dana Reitz, who treats light as an integral partner in both the creation and performance of dance. Shannon worked with Reitz in the early eighties and Posnick attended a workshop Reitz taught at Colorado University early last year. Shortly thereafter, Shannon and Posnick began their collaboration.

In September 1997, Shannon and Posnick unveiled ClearLight/1, a lush but somewhat overburdened work with too many elements vying for attention. With ClearLight/2, they've learned the lesson of less is more, and pared their present work to three parts: light, dance, and a single or overriding sound, either vocal or instrumental, that accompanies each section.

The evening opens softly with "Solid Air": the five dancers move among rectangles and diamonds of whitest light cast upon the floor, entering and exiting them with a Zen calm. …

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