Above and below: Steven Reker wrecks his own scenery (photos by Ian Douglas)
When it comes to stretching a note, Steven Reker--shown above with a ripped-up floor panel from his new work, Specific Ocean--really, really knows how. The rock musician/dancer/choreographer and his band of dancing musicians and musician/dancers, People Get Ready, are tearing it up at New York Live Arts this weekend. Reker's driving indie rock has a heady intensity, and his choreography, an uncomplicated playfulness and gusto. I wish I could have made out all of the lyrics (or had a lyric sheet), but that's not an insurmountable problem: Just go with it. I'm thinking the sound/movement stuff with the floor panels (like the swinging of corded mics in a previous Reker work) doesn't actually add much though, as you can see from the terrific Ian Douglas photos above, it can be picturesque).
The band's first album is now available from Brassland Records at Bandcamp! Click here. The show is available at New York Live Arts tonight at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 9:30pm. Info here. If there are tickets to be had, you can get them here.
New York Live Arts
219 West 19th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Manhattan