Magazine article Dance Magazine

Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and Company. (New York: Under the Rainbow)

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and Company. (New York: Under the Rainbow)

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UNDER THE RAINBOW SARA PEARSON/PATRIK WIDRIG AND COMPANY DANCES FOR WAVE HILL BRONX, NEW YORK JULY 8, 11, AND 15, 2001

Water, sunlight, and dancing bodies created glorious effects--including an actual rainbow--in A Curious Invasion, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig's site-specific work at Wave Hill. The piece opened with an ensemble dance on a sloping lawn at the park's south end. The dancers, in red outfits, lay on their sides; in unison, each stretched an arm skyward and let it wave gently in the breeze. Later, they clambered up the hill and collapsed at regular intervals. Just when a calm had settled, another throng of dancers bounded in from behind some bushes. With summertime abandon, the new arrivals sent their limbs flurrying in all directions.

After this fun, a foghorn sounded to signal the beginning of a "self-guided" walking tour. Viewers had fifty minutes on their own to explore thirteen installations--some dance, some video, and some in the "other" category. The rainbow emerged in "Rain Dance," as dancer Jason Akira Somma reveled in the sunlit spray of a sprinkler hanging from a ladder. Wearing a yellow poncho around his waist, he furled and unfurled his bare torso as if caressing the translucent beams of color. (A return to "Rain Dance" after stops at the other sites found the rainbow still there, though fainter, and Somma flicking his fingers toward his mouth, his back still arching sumptuously.) "Wind Tunnel"--a whirring array of electric fans all pointing at the same direction--led to "Moonglow," where four women (Melissa Glasgow, Jennifer C. …

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