"Tough One" by Yeujia Low
October 16, 2016
Have you ever seen this company/ before?
Tell us a bit about your history with this group/performer?
I've seen Yeujia Low's work before at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in Midtown- she choregraphed a piece called "Sunday in the Park" that elevated banal movements of park-goers into dance art. She also wrote a play with music and movement called "24 (A Work in Progress)" that she choreographed, composed, and starred in.
What was your favorite moment(s)? What inspired you?
"Tough One" inspired me to create visual music with dance. My favorite moment was the sudden drop, about halfway through the piece, from very high energy to a more low, sensual energy.
Describe as plainly and specifically as you can what actually happened during this performance.
We are looking for non-judgmental reporting. No need for complete sentences. Phrases and word lists are fine. YOU CAN DESCRIBE : the artists, their activities, the movement, the qualities of movement, the music, the use of time, the use of space OR anything else you observed.
- four dancers connected to one pianist
- four objects: birdhouse, change jar, books, succulents
- dance follows music
- unison movments with individual phrases sprouting out
- HIGH HIGH ENERGY
- soft, ground work
- repetition with variations on themes
- no bodily or visual contact between dancers
- until, ping: pianist's and dancer's eyes meet
Do any images, colors or feelings pop into your head when you think about this show?
- warm shades
Describe any or all of these elements: music, lighting, the venue.
How did they contribute (or not) to your enjoyment of this performance?
- Music: Philip Glass' "Mad Rush" - what an emotional ride, and deeply felt by Yeujia
Would you like to see this performance / company again?
Would you recommend it to a friend? Why or why not?
I would certainly see again, and recommend to all of my friends, this performance and company of dancers. Yeuija created a cohesive, beautiful, and touching piece to which many, I'm sure, can relate.
What would you like to have seen more of? Less of?
I want to see more from Yeujia Low! Keep on working, please. We need your insight in this community.
If you could, what would you ask the choreographer / dancers?
- Choreographer: What inspired this piece? The music? A certain topic? What will you take away from working with these dancers?
- Dancers: What did you take away from this piece and the rehearsal process? How did it make you better performers/dancers?