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IMPRESSIONS: Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug's "Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination"

December 23, 2017

It ended the way with the way I wish every show could end — chatting with a non-critic audience member. I remain amazed at the smart insights and forceful opinions lurking in every dance-viewing person.

 

As a reminder, The Dance Enthusiast welcomes and promotes audience reviews. Please share your thoughts about any dance event.

 

TWO MINUTES TO READ

 

PREVIEW AND LINK FOLLOW AFTER PICTURE

 Julian Barnett, Raja Feather Kelly, Joanna Kotze, and Mina Nishimura in I or Hallucination at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Photo by Stephanie Berger. 

 

Forget the beginning. I’m starting at the end, the very end, after I’ve exited Baryshnikov Arts Center. A gentleman — white-bearded, bespectacled — falls into stride with me. “Can I ask what you thought?” he asks.

It’s a loaded question, for him and for me. What are you supposed to think of a piece that’s as glistening and slippery as Kota Yamazaki’s Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination (the first installment premiered in Japan; a sneak peek of the next will arrive in May)? Pinning it down is like catching a shadow or caressing a sunbeam.

In his Darkness Odyssey trilogy, Yamazaki imagines the body as a . . .

 

PLEASE VISIT THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST FOR THE BALANCE OF MY REVIEW. 

 

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