I see why May's promotion calls this "modern dance opera" because, like opera, it's a story (of the body) rendered in a completely over-the-top way. Rather brave Benjamin Asriel, Kayvon Pourazar and Maggie Thom dance and occasionally vocalize while stark naked for long stretches of time, in odd, often ungainly, alienating locomotion, and with gusts of breath, strangled grunts, gibberish and either hoarse or crystal clear but still inexplicable bickering coming from their mouths.
The audience sits on the stage, enclosing the dancers' space on three sides. This arrangement heightens the claustrophobic effect of the work to some measure.
With original music by Chris Seeds, lighting by Chloe Z. Brown, set by Brad Kisicki and costumes by Reid Bartelme
Juliana F. May/MAYDANCE continues through Saturday evening with performances at 7:30pm. Seating is limited.
There will be a Come Early Conversation with Sarah Maxfield at 6:30pm this evening and a Stay Late Discussion with Brian Rogers tomorrow.
219 West 19th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Manhattan