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I am glad that you miss me; I am

 

letters of love

 

that leave you wanting more....!

 

 

Requiem, a Buglisi Dance Theater classic that originally premiered in 2002, is set to Fauré's choral-orchestral work of the same name which in mourning speaks of the sweet promise of the day after.  Requiem was originally inspired by Artemisia Gentileschi, the 17th century painter, but became a haunting meditation after 9/11; the choreography ‘overtaken by events.’  The drape and fall of costumes in the colors of the clothes of Tibetan monks -- gold of saffron and deep red of roses (which we have always thought very beautiful on monks, and here, also, on dancers).  Soft amber-dark lighting, five women, bare skin of backs, dancer’s bodies that ripple, move, and turn ever so slowly.  Stillness at times likes statues, everything here is in painterly suggestion.

 

Letters of Love on Ripped Paper is a lovely idea--on paper.  Music, words, images on the screen, love letters read aloud, a stage full of dancers.  The letters: Pliny to Calpurnia; Queen Victoria to Prince Albert; Zelda to Scott, Victor Hugo to Adele Foucher....   We very much liked the premise of sensory overload and every now and then it all seemed to come together in glorious synchronous bursts, but taken as a whole was wanting in the choreography, as if the promise of the premise was never quite completely carried out; we wanted to see more romance, more lushness, more swooning, more drama.... We loved the idea of the overlap of voice and text and image and sound and dance, the acting out of different events onstage all at the same time like a Chinese painting, but perhaps in the end, and only in this did the dance become a letter of love, it left you wanting more....

 

And we thought of this letter of Pliny the Younger to Calpurnia:

 

You kindly tell me my absence very sensibly affects you, and that your only consolation is in conversing with my works, which you frequently substitute in my stead.  I am glad that you miss me; I am glad that you find some rest in these alleviations.  In return, I read over your letters again and again, and am continually taking them up, as if I had just received them; but, alas! this only stirs in me a keener longing for you; for how sweet must her conversation be whose letters have so many charms!....

 

 

See: Requiem & Letters of Love on Ripped Paper, Buglisi Dance Theater, through Sunday at the Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue, New York,

 

 

Tags: dance   literature   language   books   love   color    

 

 

 glad that you find some rest in these allevia-tions. In return, I read over your letters again and again, and am continually taking them up, as if I had just received them; but alas! this only stirs in me a keener longing

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