Dance doesn’t often make me laugh for reasons that I should probably unpack at some point. Yet Dance Heginbotham’s half-dozen vignettes elicited a number of chuckles from me.
Maybe it’s choreographer John Heginbotham’s sly wit or maybe it’s just the absurdist state of the world, but I laughed.
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John Heginbotham and Macy Sullivan in Old-Fashioned as part of Dance Heginbotham at 92Y. Photo by Julie Lemberger.
It’s only a few minutes into Dance Heginbotham’s excerpt from Twin when Lindsey Jones and Courtney Lodes dangle their tongues out of their mouths like two punch-drunk puppies. Against the conventional choreography of mirrored skitters and skips, this oddity reveals choreographer John Heginbotham’s sly wit, which he evolves over five duets and one solo as part of the 92Y’s 2018 Harkness Dance Festival.
Heginbotham was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group for fourteen years, and that pedigree manifests itself in Dance Heginbotham’s clarity of phrasing and execution. He and his dancers don’t move through space so much as . . .
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