Dance Overview: Yanira Castro and Storyboard P at Beat Competition in Brooklyn

September 16th, 2013

Downtown Brooklyn is the hub for the Conquer Festival, a web site-specific performance sequence that hosted two dance artists at the Brooklyn Museum over the weekend. It was much more than a small random. Yanira Castro’s choreography is restricted, contained and orderly in “Nancy” she offered four interpretations of the same solo, which was influenced by Nancy Ellis, a longtime collaborator.

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The Defeat Pageant Storyboard P in “Magna Carta Tale,” which tried to translate Jay Z’s music into road dance, at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Storyboard P, a interesting street dancer born in Brooklyn, doesn’t imagine in choreography. He refers to his type as “mutant,” that means that his influences appear from just about everywhere, from ballet to boogaloo.

In “Nancy,” seen Friday night time, Kirsten Schnittker, Tess Dworman, Anna Marie Shogren and Pamela Vail performed consecutively to an digital rating by Stephan Moore. Dancing on a 12-foot-sq. lifted stage with fluorescent beams developed by Kathy Couch, they demonstrated their individuality.

In this glorified movement review, which turned more and more laborious to endure, absolutely nothing was identical, even as choreography was recurring: outstretched arms with quivering arms, pivot turns and back-and-forth skips as one particular arm rippled overhead.

Ms. Schnittker, tall and specific, appeared 1st and offered a clear rendition of the solo. Ms. Dworman, dancing more quickly, blurred footwork and fought for her stability in nonetheless poses, generating the choreography a joyless activity. Ms. Shogren, the most dynamic of the 4, gave the nicely-worn phrases a jolt of daily life, and finally, the technically proficient Ms. Vail was painstakingly dry.

In her functionality portraits — “Nancy” is her third — Ms. Castro is obsessed with microscopic renderings of movement. But such consideration to detail was far more fulfilling in Storyboard P’s “Magna Carta Story,” an improvised piece observed Saturday afternoon that tried out to translate Jay Z’s tunes into street dance. Storyboard P was joined by two other performers, Ghost and Ivy.

Storyboard P is an incredible dancer, but the strange format — the functionality took place in the museum’s rotund Beaux-Arts Courtroom in entrance of oddly arranged seating — and the rambling postperformance dialogue threatened to sully the memory of his spooky electrical power. His articulate design of dancing — influenced by movie methods like cease animation and, exclusively, Claymation — at very first amazes and then glides into the mystical.

Rolling his shoulders — up, down, ahead and again — as his knees bent and buckled into one an additional, Storyboard P sunk onto the insides edges of his footwear growing, he arched into a deep backbend although the gulf in between his feet widened to resemble a warped fourth placement. Twisting, he swirled on each feet and then spun on one particular, his back again foot pointed driving as if he ended up tracing figures on ice.

It was jaw-dropping. But moments later on the magic took place again: he reduced himself to the ground, knees crossed, and arrived at ahead right up until his human body unfurled, ribbonlike. A leg, curling from powering, gradually propelled him upright, and as he rose he continued to twist, balancing weightlessly on the suggestions of his toes.

The tale powering Storyboard P? He is a fantasy in the flesh.

The Defeat Festival proceeds by way of Saturday at locations in Downtown Brooklyn (347) 762-3281,

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