I was there, primarily, for Bell's Stella (2012), which you can see tonight at 6pm. The ensemble dances in a relatively shallow space across the gallery and gets up close to front-row folks in ways that heighten the persistent air of tension, risk and thrill. There are the crisp rhythms of street dance, the stark, deep-queer glamour of a fashion catwalk, the enigmatic drama that just does not quit. Bell calls upon a seemingly limitless supply of intricate movement ideas and shows no hesitation to share this largesse. And, from start to finish, her disciplined crew is ON IT.
Video closeups amplify the unfiltered anxiety with performers staring into the camera and repeatedly tugging or clawing at their own bare flesh for reasons that remain mysterious.
Sometimes you visit museums to see dance that addresses museum space (its design, contents, atmosphere and everyday functions) in harmonizing or questioning and possibly illuminating ways. Sometimes you go, and it's just another container for performance; the dance, not made for its surroundings, could have happened elsewhere. As for Stella, she simply blasts herself into The Met Breuer and makes her formidable presence felt.
Tonight and all Theater of the Resist programs are free with museum admission and run from 6pm to 8pm. For the best seating, make your way to the 5th Floor no later than 5:30pm. For information, click here.
in the Met Breuer's Theater of the Resist series
through August 12:
through August 12:
Saturday, July 29
For Living Lovers with Brandon Ross, and Stomu Takeishi, musicians, and poet Sadiq Bey
Sidra Bell Dance New York
M. Lamar, performer
Friday, August 4
Nicole Fleetwood, Associate Professor Department of American Studies, Rutgers University moderates discussion between Lifers Group members Maxwell Melvins, president, and rapper Picard "Original" Galette.
Saturday, August 5
Stew, Singer-songwriter, playwright
Gina Yashere, British comedian
Friday, August 11
Film: Strong Island (2017)
with Q&A with filmmaker Yance Ford
Saturday, August 12
Maria Usbeck, Ecuadorian musician, traveler and diarist
Aparna Nancherla, introspective and outrospective standup comedian
DJ Mojo: Music is Life, directed by Lawrence Kim
(2017 documentary short, 5 mins.)
Live set by DJ Mojo
The Met Breuer
945 Madison (at 75th Street)
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