IMPRESSIONS: La MaMa Moves! Online, Featuring Kevin Augustine and Tamar Rogoff with Mei Yamanaka
For all our griping about the pandemic, and there’s been plenty, when you step back, we’re lucky it happened in 2020, rather than, say, 2004. That was before YouTube (2005), the iPhone (2007), Amazon Prime (2007), and Zoom (2011). We may long to hug our friends, sup inside restaurants, and gather in theaters, communing with the art forms we adore, but the reality is that modern resources allow us to approximate some of our favorite pre-pandemic activities.
We’ve been able to stay connected virtually, and — thank goodness! — for dance lovers like you and me, we’ve even been able to watch new choreography. Hats off to the intrepid presenters and tireless artists for continuing to nourish our spirits.
Like many theaters, La MaMa went dark in 2020, but artistic director Nicky Paraiso et al. pivoted, and Café La MaMa Live: La MaMa Moves! Online premiered in January, featuring four artists and their digital presentations. The artists rotated in twosomes over a quartet of nights, and I caught the final evening, which spotlighted . . .
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Kevin Augustine/Lone Wolf Productions; photo by Van Terran