"Connecting the lines: dynamic forms" at Abrons Art Center
Arthur Avilés; Tara Bernstein; Barbara Mahler; Emily Wexler; Nina Winthrop and Dancers
Connecting the lines: dynamic forms.
Arthur Avilés, Garden of Mi Amigo El id
Tara Bernstein, Work in progress
Barbara Mahler, Precipice
Emily Wexler, Golden Wolf (premiere)
Nina Winthrop and Dancers, Inner Elation
Arthur Avilés dips into his archive by presenting a dance work from his Kamikaze series. This work, originally presented at Performance Mix 10 years ago, was created by and for Avilés’ 5' 4" frame and will now be performed by Jonathan Gonzalez who is 6' 4". In a stream of non sequiturs this dance takes us on a jagged journey through an ever-changing mind as it bounces, swirls, and flips from place to place.
Tara Bernstein combines her influences as dancer (including Skinner Releasing dance technique), dance teacher, and Iyengar Yoga teacher into a timely East-West synthesis that is as highly physical as it is internally focused.
Barbara Mahler’s Precipice is an abstract solo employing the sculptural lines and possibilities of the body. Set to a score of outdoor sound, the spare and powerful piece portrays a woman who is at once grounded and settled in time and space, yet always moving, however subtly, even when still.
Emily Wexler’s Golden Wolf is a new duet performed alongside Courtney Cooke. The work embodies physical transitions of pain within one’s skeletal and emotional systems by drawing from memories of heartbreak, loss, hope, and beauty in pursuit of revealing the underpinnings of Truth.
Nina Winthrop’s Inner Elation is a journey, both solitary and universal, of discovery and acceptance. Her choreography conveys emotions into the visible realm. Simple gestures – reaching, stretching, pulling, punching — physicalize a relentless current of emotions. Winthrop’s work employs highly focused dancing/movement to riveting effect.
[Emily Wexler, photo by Ian Douglas]
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