Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dixon Place presents Diana Crum and Katy Pyle

The Don't Miss of The Week

Kim Brandt--curating Dixon Place's Brink program--has the winning entry in this week's just-made-up-out-of-thin-air Don't Miss contest!

With everything popping on the dance scene lately, it's easy to overlook some interesting work getting a little less publicity--like Katy Pyle's gender-blurring, species-blurring take on The Firebird with its cool, lyrical ballet and hot romance. Word-of-mouth should help, though, since this is a natural for THE Dyke Date of The Week (another contest I should launch, maybe?). The considerable charms of this queer fairy tale--with Pyle as the Lesbian Princess and Jules Skloot as the Firebird--will lift your spirits.

if I tell myself I have enough time, then I can be with youDiana Crum's duet for Erin Cairns Cella and Kathy Wasik, opens the evening. The brightly-costumed dancers move like Crayola calligraphy across DP's white wall and gray floor to the textured drone of Peter Kerlin's guitar. Even with eyes closed, even stumbling, they appear to be lucid and in confident control. The work plays with ideas of parallel but rarely synchronous times sliding past one another and sometimes intersecting. Its concept might be a touch too subtle--"the layering of experiences presents viewers with opportunities to both witness and exist inside of different time scales, perhaps even simultaneously," Crum's publicity tells us--but the clean, clear performances are a pleasure.

Brink featuring Katy Pyle and Diana Crum closes tonight with a performance at 7:30pm. For information, cick here, and for ticket reservations, click here.

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets), Manhattan

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