Magazine article Dance Magazine

Compagnie Maguy Marin

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Compagnie Maguy Marin

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COMPAGNIE MAGUY MARIN

JOYCE THEATER SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 11, 1998

REVIEWED BY ROSE ANNE THOM

Is it possible that Maguy Marin's Ram-Dam loses something in translation from French to English, From France to the United States? A work touted for its witty perceptions of day-to-day human interaction, is appropriately fraught with implications of human miscommunication. These are found in the dancing, the varied sounds that the miked dancers emit, and an intermittent text that booms forth From an offstage announcer's voice. Although the piece is handsomely lighted by Pierre Colomer, Denis Mariotte's music is often startlingly dramatic, and the dancers perform with vigorous commitment, the sum total of the incessant activity and philosophizing fails to pack the expected emotional wallop. Finally, the work leaves the impression of artful sterility.

Marin choreographed Ram and Dam separately in 1995, then combined them into an evening-length work. In Ram the dancers rhythmic vocalizing propels them to crisscross the stage. Costumed by Yasmine Simon--the men in business suits and the women in Courreges-style shifts, white pumps, and the ubiquitous French scarves--the dancers careen like harried white-collar workers hustling to work when not hustling each other. More often than not they dance in militaristic unison, performing clipped, precise phrases that etch the angles of Marin's spatial patterns, and then conclude without resolving or evolving the phrase. …

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