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IMPRESSIONS: Fast Forward at Dixon Place with Carson Reiners & Artists and Janice Rosario & Company

October 2, 2017

I could have reviewed Pina. Or Twyla. Or any of the other dozen shows that occurred the third week of September. Instead, I opted to go downtown and catch two emerging female choreographers, who were sharing a one-night program. Compare that to Twyla’s three-week run at The Joyce Theater or Pina’s sold-out shows at BAM. There is no comparison because being a newer dance maker means an outlay of resources for uncertain rewards.

 

Choreographers, however, continue to make work and show it when they can. Because they believe in their vision although there's no guarantee that audiences and/or critics will respond the same way.  To me, it's important to respond, to take an interest in the up-and-comers. How else will the 21st century find its next Pina or Twyla?

 

PREVIEW AND LINK AFTER PICTURE.

 

TWO MINUTES TO READ.

 

 Photo by Sangeeta Yesley. 

 

It’s tough being an emerging choreographer. Competition is fierce while resources are scarce. Festivals provide the bulk of opportunities, but they have strict time limits (eight to twelve minutes is the norm), which limits creative output. Capital comes from dipping into one’s bank account or campaigning on crowd-funding sites. Even getting one’s dancers into a studio is an accomplishment due to the part-time, hyphenated nature of millennial employment. Critical acclaim feels so far away that it might as well be a mirage.

 

Fast Forward at Dixon Place offers a much-needed corrective to, at least, one issue facing dance makers — the chance to showcase a longer piece. Curated by Sangeeta Yesley, each program centers on a theme that two choreographers unpack over twenty-five to thirty-five minutes. In this iteration, the theme is awareness: what’s in front of you, around you, inside of you.

 

Choreographers Carson Reiners and Janice Rosario differ in their construal of awareness — absence for the former, presence for the latter. Yet, for both, it feels as if . . .

 

TO READ THE BALANCE OF THE REVIEW, PLEASE VISIT THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST.

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