Saturday, October 20, 2012

Get ready for Reker at New York Live Arts


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Above and below: Steven Reker wrecks his own scenery (photos by Ian Douglas)
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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).

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Above: Aaron Mattocks's pas de deux with guitar. Below: Some of the 7-member People Get Ready crew (photos by Ian Douglas)


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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

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