Impressions of Jordan Morley Dance in "Nowhere"
Gorgas for The Dance Enthusiast 2011
IMPRESSIONS OFJORDAN MORLEY DANCEinNowhere
A Studio ShowingatBaryshnikov Arts Center
February 19, 2011
Dancers: Jordan Morley, Mistral Hay, Mica Bernas, Mary Ellen Beaudreau, Genna Baroni
Lighting Design: Brandon Baker
Costume Design: Andrew Jordan
Flower Garden Design: Jim Albertelli
Gorgas for The Dance Enthusiast (with photos by Andrew Jordan)
Jordan Morley prefaced Nowhere, a self-produced showing of his newest work at the Baryshnikov Arts Center this past weekend, by warning that the piece was still in the earliest stages of creation.He then proceeded to turn out one of the most deftly crafted and well-considered works I have seen in a while.In the first of a series of tenuously connected vignettes, the lights are sinister as a rag covered creature writhes and heaves across the floor.In a headpiece made of burlap and black crow’s feathers with a sightless face, a pagan akimbo-limbed god lurches to the sigh of a violin then moves, with an unnatural swiftness, to the techno backbeat.
The scene changes as three tough girls :Mistral Hay, Mica Bernas, and Genna Baroni, dressed for a slick futuristic shoot-em-up video game, reconfigure the stage by circumscribing the edges with neon caution tape.
Soon they are off, running with a frenetic speed and single-minded intensity that would not be out of plac in an action film starring Matt Damon.
In a section that closely follows, Mary Ellen Beaudreau performs a burlesque dance with a vivid red fan while bathed in a “Matrix”-green glow.Although her tease occurs in a confined, far -off section of the space, Mr. Morley uses a camcorder to capture her roiling image, which is shown in real time via a television monitor directly next to the performers. It is striking that her knowing winks and the coy hide-and-seekflutters of her fan feel so much more voyeuristic and lascivious when viewed through the mundane square of the monitor .