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Jacqulyn Buglisi at the Joyce

   
 

Suspended Women!

   

 

  

 

Something to do this week in New York!

Jacqulyn Buglisi, a former principal dancer for Martha Graham for twelve years, is a worthy heir to the great doyenne of modern dance.  Buglisi has taken her teacher's unmistakable technique and added an intensely romantic sensibility to create her own dance vocabulary.  While some dance theatre can be enigmatic to the point of bewilderment, Buglisi offers beautiful forms in space, lovely tableaux vivants that seduce.

While the company will be presenting several premieres this week at the Joyce, a highlight will be its signature piece Suspended Women.  Originally presented in 2000, Suspended Women is set to Ravel's Concerto for Piano in G major with interpolations by Daniel Bernard Roumain.  The piece begins with twelve women wearing hoop skirts in a row; chests thrust forward they advance towards the front of the stage, grabbing their skirts - these are confident, dramatic women!  Later in the dance when four men clad in black lift their female counterparts in the air, one senses passion on both sides; the relationship here seems to be on a more equal footing than in classical ballet, where strong men lift dainty ballerinas.  One is not sure if Buglisi clads the men in black simply as an austere backdrop to the dance's baroque sensibility, or if the men perhaps represent death over which the women eventually triumph.  Or perhaps this is inequality of a different kind - unlike most species in the animal kingdom, the women are more flamboyant and colorful, their male counterparts mere foils for their elegance and determination. 

Regardless of how one interprets the dance, it is quite beautiful: the pacing and sense of tension, the precision of the movements and the dancers' energy are mesmerizing.  Graham's influence shines through in the dancers' angular arm movements, the pronounced weight shifts of the body, and the sudden falls.  In Suspended Women, Buglisi captures something even more crucial to Graham's choreographic legacy: a powerful aesthetic sensibility and theatricality that unite to create dances that are both organic and vibrant. 

PROGRAM A: Tues. 7:30pm, Thur., Fri., & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm Interplay No. 9-1
Frida  
Suspended Women
Wild Mannequins & Wing Walkers

PROGRAM B: Wed. & Sun. 7:30pm, Sat. 2pm 
Interplay No. 9-1
Threshold 
Suspended Women 
Wild Mannequins & Wing Walkers

See: Buglisi Dance Theatre at the Joyce

Discover: www.buglisi-foreman.org 

 

 

 

 

 

       
 

 
       
     

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