Magazine article Dance Magazine

Keith Terry/crosspulse

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Keith Terry/crosspulse

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KEITH TERRY/CROSSPULSE THEATER ARTAUD SAN FRANCISCO, CA OCTOBER 13--24, 1999 REVIEWED BY RITA FELCIANO

Simple in spirit but sophisticated in execution, Crosspulse's Body Tjak/The Celebration was one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most genial fall presentations. Keith Terry, Crosspulse's renowned artistic director and a practitioner of what he calls body music--the percussive use of the body as a musical as well as a kinetic instrument--teamed again with Indonesian dancer/choreographer I Wayan Dibia. They took another stab at blending music and dance of the Americas with those of multifaceted Indonesia. Almost ten years ago the two artists had toured a similarly conceived piece called Body Tjak with a modicum of success. This new work, at a little over an hour, is at once more relaxed and more polished in its approach to cross-cultural collaboration.

The opening procession set the tone for this celebration of the family of man. As the performers ambled in, they casually removed their masks and hung them on a communal tree. Body Tjak then proceeded through its four sections--Celebration of the Ancestors, the Body, the Spirit, and the Community--with lovingly detailed vignettes in which musicians and dancers took turns sharing the spotlight. The emphasis was on choreography that embodied the music in simple, often unison designs--a serpentine walk of rolling feet, a sensuous passing of weight, rhythmic interaction with bamboo sticks, but also of elaborate canonic overlays of stepping, chanting, and clapping. …

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