Dance Assessment: Doug Elkins and Vicky Shick in Emphasis Dance at the Joyce

January 8th, 2014

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Dance|Dance Evaluation A Sampler Wide Adequate for Voguing and Mary, Queen of Scots

Target Dance Vicky Shick’s “Every little thing You See,” previously mentioned, shared a invoice with perform by Doug Elkins at the Joyce Theater in an annual showcase. From still left, foreground, Marilyn Maywald, Heather Olson and Olsi Gjeci. Andrea Mohin/The New York Occasions

Each 12 months in January, several of Manhattan’s more compact dance areas present anthologies of operate by diverse choreographers and organizations. Out-of-town presenters get there to shop for objects they can display back again home, although New York dancegoers can catch up on what they might have skipped. At the Joyce Theater — whose weeklong season is called Focus Dance — 8 troupes are sharing four applications. Tuesday’s opening night was a double monthly bill by the choreographers Vicky Shick and Doug Elkins the viewers abounded with choreographers, presenters and dancers.

This anthologizing of up to date dance carries on by means of this weekend. If you pitch camp at New York Live Arts (whose period is referred to as Live Artery), you can catch items by twelve various choreographers or collectives. Such crammed programming does not usually perform out, nevertheless. Very last yr, the Japanese-born duo Eiko and Koma gave a tepid perception in their efficiency in this sampler context, however ended up at their most compelling a week afterwards at the Museum of Present day Artwork.

Each and every of the finest parts of Ms. Shick’s “Everything You See” — new in 2013 and totally new to me — forged its possess spell. But there have been gaps amongst these spells. The piece’s time framework meandered, and the accompanying musical collage was inconsequential aural wallpaper.

Still, at its ideal, this piece confirmed that no choreographer right now has a a lot more powerful mastery of the postmodern genre of dance deriving from Trisha Brown, in whose firm Ms. Shick carried out for six several years. This is pedestrian movement turned into relaxed and lyrical virtuosity. One dancer stands, legs aside, pelvis shifting calmly from facet to facet, with the torso steadily tilting over sideways in a gradual arc as arms blithely pull and press. Yet another dancer walks while her torso arches and suggestions her arms open although her arms clasp the air. The several coordination is sensuous and typically there are four or more different solos heading on at the very same time.

In “Scott, Queen of Marys” (1994), Mr. Elkins functions as a triple thinker — combining, like a juggler, Scots reels, the vogueing genre of motion derived from hip-hop, and the legend of Mary, Queen of Scots. References to the four Marys who attended the Scottish queen and to Mary’s male fans coexist with references to “Paris Is Burning,” the 1990 film about the vogue scene. In December 2012, “Scott” had its Baryshnikov Arts Middle audience applauding long soon after the final bows, and rightly so. At the Joyce on Tuesday, it appeared — despite earnest whoops and cheers from a handful of viewers — diluted and diminished.

Why is it packing only a portion of its former punch? Two of the supporting gentlemen appeared in worse physical shape. Some sections of movement seem to be to have been modified completely. As the Queen of Marys, Javier Ninja nevertheless does some spectacular muscular isolations, but much less astoundingly than before. Let’s hope that this is just a passing aspect result of Concentrate Dance scheduling. Mr. Elkins’s expertise need to shine brighter.

Concentrate Dance proceeds by way of Sunday at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Road, Chelsea joyce.org or 212-242-0800. Information of these and related functions: focusdance.us.

A model of this review seems in print on January 9, 2014, on webpage C5 of the New York edition with the headline: A Sampler Wide Sufficient for Voguing and Mary, Queen of Scots .

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