"How the world falls away the minute I step onstage," begins a poignant poem in the program notes, its lines plucked from survey responses by Jane Gabriels. For starters, Flomin and his fellow dancers--Hannah Button, Isaac Gonyo and Colleen Thomas--occupy separate spaces, mostly in silence. Movement, when it comes, at first looks soft and dreamy. It takes a while for definition to focus and force to gather. They do.
First Move gathers into rock'n'roll-ish insistence with jabs and twists, wind-ups and crunches, unexpected stopping and starting. Pierre de Gaillande and Gary Greenblatt's original score also starts off spare and intermittent, eventually injecting propulsion and occasional and interesting distortions. The lighting (by magical Joe Levasseur) alternates between enhancing theatrical atmosphere and ripping away theatrical pretense.
Flomin, dressed in plaid shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, often looks like a knot struggling to untangling itself. Thomas, Button and especially Gonyo--a gorgeous mover--provide excellent support in the exactitude of their shaping and timing and how they regard one another, near or far. The piece, which exploits the Gibney theater's width to create divergent, sometimes conflicting swarms of activity, feels longer than it needs to be. But, as Flomin intended his survey to do, it beautifully highlights intelligence and sensitivity in dancers.
Ori Flomin's First Move concludes its run tonight with a performance at 7:30pm. For information and tickets, click here.
The inaugural Making Space spring season continues at Gibney through June 27. Click here for the complete schedule.