IMPRESSIONS: Renegade Performance Group in André M. Zachery's “Untamed Space” at Danspace Project
September 30, 2017
Choreographer/Visual Media Designer: Andre M. Zachery
Composer/Sound Artist: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Performers: Kentoria Earle, Candace Thompson, Nehemoyia Young, André M. Zachery
Lighting Designer: Carol Mullins / Costume/Visual Designer: Joy Haven / Dramaturge: Rosamond S. King
Untamed Space, a seventy-minute work commissioned by Danspace Project, suggests a challenge taken by its creator and passed on to the viewers: Is there a place we can go that is free of associations from our past and labels, whether imposed or embraced?
André M. Zachery, choreographer and dancer, has created a sensation, as much as an entrancing, mood-altering spectacle. Projected abstract video designs made by Zachery hypnotize from the get-go with circular rhythm and colored tentacles that scoop us into the interior space. The amorphous score by sound designer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste has a constancy that overwhelms. In a place, unfamiliar and undefinable as of yet, we are united with gentle souls whose bodies roll, reach, dangle, and arch.
Renegade Performance Group in André M. Zachery's Untamed Space; Photo: Ian Douglas