Magazine article Pointe

A Violent Affair: Wideman/Davis Dance Company

Magazine article Pointe

A Violent Affair: Wideman/Davis Dance Company

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A Violent Affair: Wideman/Davis Dance Company

It was worth sitting through the first half of Wideman/Davis Dance Company's short contemporary dance program in January, at The Calhoun School in New York City, in order to see the powerful closing piece. Bosket Affair. This performance of two works by choreographer Thaddeus Davis, who co-directs the troupe with Tanya Wideman-Davis, was uneven but ultimately engaging.

The first piece, Elida and Twenty Rising, was a quartet danced by Davis. Vincent Lopez, Sara Paul and WidemanDavis. The high caliber of the dancers became evident immediately, but the choreography often looked inorganic. The dancers appeared to be marionettes having their elbows and legs yanked by invisible strings. Lopez, an exceptionally fluid dancer, managed to connect his movements to create phrases instead of performing isolated steps.

This dance incorporated a lot of dramatic tension with plenty of meaningful looks among the dancers. By the end. however, it still wasn't clear what all the drama had been about. The final section was abruptly and inexplicably humorous, having no apparent connection to the rest of the piece. Elida and Twenty Rising was choreographed to recorded music by Iva Bittova and Bang on a Can.

The shortcomings of the first half of the program disappeared after intermission. From its opening dialog to its final violent imagery. Bosket Affairwas a thoughtprovoking and explosive work. Set to music by Icebreaker, Alva Noto and Rvuichi Sakamoto, Bosket Affair examines the life of convicted murderer Willie Bosket. …

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