BWW Reviews: Fall for Dance 2013 Opens at City Center
On the opening night of Fall for Dance, this year, Sept. 25, 2013, were four energetic performances. On this night, all the choreographies were danced to live music.
Opening the evening was the Richard Alston Dance Company, of London, England, in "The Devil in the Detail" to music of Scott Joplin. The piano was on stage (upstage right...to the left from the audience point of view), played with uplifting energy by Jason Ridgeway. The dancers took to the inspiration of the Joplin music with excitement, in an upright and bouncy choreography, strutting with a jazzy swagger. The dancers were uplifted and took the audience with them. Nathan Goodman was a dancer who attracted attention with his boundless energy and focus.
Richard Alston choreographed every note, which challenged the dancers to hit every note with a movement. This continued throughout the piece.
The Dancers were all costumed in clothes for a summer's day, giving one the feeling that they were accessible.
The next piece was presented by Gabriel Misse, admired for his tanguero style, is one of the great milongueros of this generation, and Analia Centurion, an accomplished tango dancer of stage and screen and director of Fusion Tango company. Misse and Centurion choreographed this work. Also dancing were Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes. Although there were only four dancers, there were several passionate couples, made possible by changes of costumes and attitudes, depicting the drama of different peoples' couplings. The dancing was excellent.
The musician, JP Jofre, Bandoneon, would appear on stage during interludes between scenes, playing his own compositions, adding to the effect of the drama.
More On: City Center, Dance Company, Scott Joplin, Nathan Goodman, Justin Peck, Jelon Vieira.