Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Eric Bandiero
5 out of 5 stars
JUMP ON THE DANCE WAGON
NEW YORK, NY (April 26, 2015) Last night, the Ailey Citigroup Theater near Columbus Circle presented Jump On the Dance Wagon and its wonderful collection of various contemporary performances. Each of the seven performances split between two acts brought to the stage an innovative and exciting display of contemporary dance, introducing a new generation of choreographers to the world.
Of the seven performances, there were two I found to be the most striking and innovative. The first was the premiere of Mizanty Moves Dance Works’ Until We Get Caught…, which brought to the stage not so much contemporary dance, but instead a bizarre production of anecdotes that seemed to belong more at an improv comedy theater. The red colors worn by the dancers accentuate an essence of nostalgia, while their narration and unusual language create a window to gaze into the past of childhood.
The second most striking show was Dance ETHOS’ Vim: A short act accompanied by precisely-toned female performers, a striking tune of intensity, and a display of quick but fierce movements, creating the illusion of a battlefield.
But the festival saved the best for last with the Buggee Ballet’s premiere of The Chicken Went to Scotland. Ironically, it wasn’t so much the dancing that enthralled, but the clearly visible themes. Here, there was a clash and eventual marriage of two unique cultures, blending together creating peace between the two tribes of dance.
Ultimately, Jump On the Dance Wagon came with a show of oddities and left with my praise. If they find their way to where you are, go see them. Fantastic.