Skaggs calls her season at Danspace Project The New Ecstatic, referencing the role of ecstasy in her imagination and her oeuvre--with samples from past work and a new duet with the fascinating Cori Kresge--as well as reworking the idea of ecstasy for our current moment. At only 45 minutes, this ecstasy hits and runs, leaving slightly dazed viewers to piece it all together.
Skaggs's aesthetic touchstones, reportedly, are everything from medieval Danse Macabre to the Depression-era Graham of Steps in the Street to rock'n'roll. Her vision for dancers Emie Hughes, Meredith Fages, Joanna Kotze and Kresge--the last two, especially, capable of absorbing and fulfilling Skaggs's precise look and dynamic without becoming erased--opens a catalog of striking imagery. Animated skeletons, perhaps. Cheerleading, semaphoring stick figures. Temple dancing flattened onto ancient friezes. A body on a path to becoming its own shadow. Fever housed within ice. Complexity masked by the architecture of purity. A time of between-time. Presaging rumbles that terrify...and energize.
Sarah Skaggs Dance in The New Ecstatic concludes its run tonight with an 8pm performance at Danspace Project. Click here for information and tickets.