BWW Reviews: Lar Lubovitch: 45th Anniversary Season at the Joyce
Lar Lubovitch, Joyce Theatre, Duet From Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Vez, Mellissa Hughes, Gyan Riley, The Time Before the Time After, Men's Story
By Jennifer Fried
Lately, all my conversations about dance return to one question: who is making new, exciting, and unique contemporary dances. It's true, we've all been jaded by So You Think You Can Dance, as well as the abundance of contemporary modern companies with beautiful, but nonetheless, gooey movement. Lar Lubovitch's program last Friday night at the Joyce was everything you would expect from contemporary dance-a little bit of floor work, a little bit of partnering, a modern torso with ballet legs and a cast of technical, and athletic dancers. However, Lar Lubovitch did deliver entertaining concepts and wonderful music for the audience.
The evening opened with three duets. The first, Duet From Concerto Six Twenty-Two, was danced by two men all dressed in white. The piece seemed to be about support, as the dancers leaned on one another and helped each other fall and rebound from the floor. The most striking moment of the piece was the opening, as the dancers walked onto the stage, pedestrian but powerful. Next, Vez appeared to be about sultry sensual love between a male and a female. The live Latin inspired music performed by vocalist Mellissa Hughes and guitarist Gyan Riley enlivened the movement, which may have otherwise been a bit predictable, despite the dancers' captivating theatricality and chemistry with one another. Finally, The Time Before the Time After concluded the series. The duet seemed to capture the moment when love turns bad and quarrelsome, well rendered by the dance steps and overall mood. The layout of the three pieces offered the audience a theatrical and intellectual stimulating experience.