IMPRESSIONS: Catherine Gaudet’s “The Fading of the Marvelous (L’affadissement du merveilleux)”
The walking sequence is simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. For close to an hour, three men and two women pace a circle over the floor. Although the fivesome does break loose from the relentless coils with wild, willful abandon, this pattern functions as an irresistible force. Like an eddy, it sucks them into its swirls, sometimes the same way and, other times, in new ways.
Cycles — their inevitability, their potentiality — are Catherine Gaudet’s preoccupation in The Fading of the Marvelous (L’affadissement du merveilleux), which made its US premiere at the 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Festival. Like the hands of fate ticking around a clock, these revolutions expose humanity’s rhythms: from creation to decay, from restraint to ferocity. To deny their influence is . . .
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