BWW Reviews: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Celebrates 45th Anniversary at The Joyce
Lar Lubovitch, The Joyce, Modern Dance
The 45th anniversary season of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company provided a glimpse into Lar Lubovitch's prolific career as a dance maker, showcasing both well-known and new works. Program B, presented at The Joyce Theater from October 15-20, featured a variety of pieces that emphasized Lubovitch's talent for using several distinctive movement themes to create a wide variety of atmospheres and characters.
Alternately joyful and reflective, Transparent Things introduced the circular group patterns and soaring lifts that would be seen throughout the evening. In this group work, six dancers brought the subjects of Pablo Picasso's "Family of Saltimbanques" to life. Dressed in costumes inspired by Picasso's performers and framed by a cloudy blue projection, the dancers crafted flowing ribbons of movement. The Bryant Park String Quartet joined the cast onstage to play Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10. Spectacularly quiet and fluid, Attila Joey Csiki opened the first movement with a lush, sweeping solo and matched the joy of the second movement's pizzicato with spritely jumping and turning. The group joined Csiki, spiraling around one another to cross the stage. A particularly memorable moment saw the band of dancers coming to rest, interspersed among the quartet as the third movement drew to a serene close.
In Crisis Variations, the intertwined circles and complex weaving patterns that created generous scenes of folding and opening in Transparent Things turned chaotic and grotesque. The swirling group of dancers was more cyclonic, less like a maypole dance. Though still quiet and remarkably efficient, the dancers' movements ended in moments of unsettling distortion, limbs twisted and heads thrown limply backward. Katarzyna Skarpetowska was especially intriguing in several solo sections. Her body was a manifestation of anguish, with chaotic limbs rolling, jumping, and stretching into one odd position after another.