IMPRESSIONS: Stefanie Batten Bland's "Kolonial" with Installation by Conrad Quesen, a World Premiere
When the film opens, it takes more than a minute moment to orient yourself in time and space. Although the venue is the Jerome Robbins Theater, Conrad Quesen’s installation of large, diaphanous pods and barriers suggests a place more unearthly. The dancers are contained within these pods and behind these barriers, peering through, poking at, and pummeling on the billowing plastic membranes. Clad in artfully weathered scraps of fabric, the septet battles against their collective, captive solitude. They reveal their distress through silent screams and terrified faces. Often, they jitter, in unison and not, these repetitive, full-body agitations an egress for their torment.
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Photo by Maria Baranova