Friday, April 15, 2016

Vicky Shick brings "Another Spell" to Danspace Project

Heather Olson (above)
Below, l-r: Donna Costello, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Lily Gold
and Heather Olson dancing Another Spell at Danspace Project
(photos: Ian Douglas)

New York provides so many ways to spend your precious weekend. But--oh, you lucky ones--you can spend an hour at Danspace Project with Vicky ShickJodi BenderDonna CostelloLily GoldMarilyn Maywald-YahelHeather Olson and Omagbitse Omagbemi. Shick and all of her collaborators have brought us Another Spell, one of the most beguiling events of the dance season.

Another Spell's modular look, we're told, came together by picking through earlier work for elements of Barbara Kilpatrick's costume and set design. Even the movement bears that popular aesthetic--easygoing, sustainable--plus all the charm of an afternoon of thrift store shopping with a friend blessed with taste and ingenuity.

I imagine Another Spell drawn across white boards and then described--in juicy 3D--by circling hips, flapping thighs and knees, tensile ideas projected into receptive space. The scrapbook tape, filmic splices and stitched seams never show, and Kathy Kaufmann's lighting makes it all look mutable and luxurious.

Glitches prevented the opening night audience from hearing the proper soundscape (performed live by Elise Kermani with additional tracks composed by Todd Lent), but you might get to hear it if you go tonight or tomorrow. I hope you can!

Another Spell runs through Saturday with performances at 8pm. For information and tickets, click here.

Danspace Project
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue), Manhattan

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