|Before world premiere of "Like Lazarus Did (LLD 4/30)" (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
|View from Eighth Avenue (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
|C. J. Camerieri outside The Joyce (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
|Composer Son Lux outside The Joyce (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
Death also hovered above us in the form of Janine Antoni's installation. The artist lay completely motionless and mostly unseen in a helicopter stretcher suspended above the audience. Waxy models of body parts and skeletal fragments dangled above her from a frame of bars.
To formally open the world premiere, Son Lux and his colleagues--violinist Rob Moose and trumpeter C. J. Camerieri, both from hipster-classical yMusic--formed a procession outside the theater with members of the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Once inside, the chorus filled the aisles and one arm of the theater's balcony.
The ever-present, intimate and eventually propulsive music gave this performance an air of sacred ritual but one slipped free of specific religious or cultural reference. Powerful archetypes of death and renewal cross human cultures and traditions, of course, and Petronio restores these essential symbols to an art form that is, by its very nature, associated with life, youth and vigorous corporeality.
Petronio's ensemble--Julian De Leon, Davalois Fearon, Joshua Green, Gino Grenek, Barrington Hinds, Natalie Mackessy, Jaqlin Medlock, Nicholas Sciscione, Emily Stone and Joshua Tuason--performed what it means to be recently shed of material form. They make their bodies-- suffused with the soft luminosity of Ken Tabachnick's light--open, silky, and capable of great flexibility and response.
|Lights outside The Joyce (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
|Members of Young People's Chorus of New York City before the procession|
(c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa
|Son Lux and musicians on Eighth Avenue (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
|Rob Moose (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
|C. J. Camerieri and Son Lux (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
|Camerieri's trumpet (c)2013, Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
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