ADF: Adele Myers and Dancers’ Happy Physics

 

Adele Myers Dancers near the end of Myers' Einstein's Happiest Thought, June 30, 2014. Photo: Grant Halverson, ©ADF.

Adele Myers Dancers near the end of Myers’ Einstein’s Happiest Thought, in Reynolds Theater, June 30, 2014. Photo: Grant Halverson, ©ADF.

 

Adele Myers and Dancers, who opened their 3-day run in Reynolds Theater on June 30 as the American Dance Festival continues (we are at the mid-point), will reprise Myers’ cheerfully elegant dance about balancing on the uneven parallel bars of fearful anticipation and rewarding risk once more tonight.

Einstein’s Happiest Thought won’t burrow to the bottom of your psyche, but it provides an evening of pleasurable, polished dancing. Its serious considerations do not overwhelm its basic playfulness, but do give the five women ample opportunity to show us their fine warrior poses and handstands along with their frisky strength and grace (there’s skipping!). As was the case with the company’s appearance last year, the dance and the dancing boost the vitality of the viewer.

But the dancing is not all there is. This is a highly designed artwork, from the dancers’ well-fitting gray and red coveralls (Heidi Henderson), to the yellow ladders and lines and the active lighting (Kathy Couch), the hyper-scaled film by Emmanuelle Pickett, and the peculiar music by Josh Quillen. Myers seems to have a penchant for saturated primary colors and uses them effectively to emphasize the bold prowess of her dancers. As we saw last year, Myers makes much use of diagonal line, leaning, and motion across the stage, but here the challenging slope also appears in small and tall ladders and lines drawn through the space with rope. The work includes very subtle exploration of the effects of space and scale on dancer and viewer along with bolder, comic, statements on the topic.

I thought the dance was perhaps just slightly too long, and Myers throws away her opportunity for a powerful ending, instead letting it quietly expire. But nonetheless, Einstein’s Happiest Thought made me happy, too.

 

Adele Myers and Dancers. Photo: ©Christopher Duggan.

Adele Myers and Dancers. Photo: ©Christopher Duggan.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Bamboo Wind

An Evening of Dance, Sculpture & Photography

mhdekm

A topnotch WordPress.com site

peter harris, tapestryweaver

TAPestry And DESIgn

Gilbert and Sullivan's "Thespis" & "Trial by Jury" -- Director's Blog

a countdown to the next performance, October 12-15, 2017

Backstrap Weaving

My weaving , my indigenous teachers, my inspiration, tutorials and more........

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

Not At Home In It

collections/connections

inkled pink

warp, weave, be happy!

warpologynotufos

Projects finished or in process by the Warpology studio

Peggy Osterkamp's Weaving Blog

"Weaving should be fun!"

SHUTTLE WORKS STUDIO

Studio Life of a Weaver, Spinner, Dyer

This Day in North Carolina History

The people and places of the Tar Heel state day by day.

Linda Frye Burnham

Laissez les bons temps rouler

Art Menius

Roots Music, Culture, and Social Change

Mae Mai

Boldly going where no cellist has gone before...

The Upstager

All the world's an upstage.

Literary Life in Italy

Looking at Italy through literature

The Five Points Star

Cultural criticism, news, schmooze and blues radiating from Durham, NC

%d bloggers like this: