Choreographers offer blended diversities

November 20, 1990|By J. L. Conklin

Nine dances that demonstrated the diverse forms contemporary dance can take were performed Friday night when the Phoenix Repertory Dance company of the University of Maryland Baltimore County shared its studio with choreographer David Rousseve and the Roanoke-based Laughing Bodies Dance Theater.

Phoenix company members presented "Rose," a rondo form for eight women and one man. Set to music by Eirk Satie, the dance was poignant: The deliberate basic movements conveyed a sense of risk, iso-lation and journey.

Mr. Rousseve, UMBC's Artist in Residence, presented two excerpts from longer works. The first, "Pull Your Head to the Moon . . . Tales of Creole Women" to songs by Nina Simone, was unexpected and yet always rang true. Mr. Rousseve's body isolation and precise control was spell-binding, whether he was pumped-up like Popeye or primped up like a woman.

The second number, "Colored Children Flying," was more theatrical, exploring the world of memory and childhood dreams.

The balance of the evening belonged to "Laughing Bodies," with six dances presented by co-directors Jane Real and Nancy Lee. Ms. Lee's solo, "Unleashed," was a formidable study of predatory passion. "Shards," Ms. Real's solo, was a work that sat this side of nightmare.

Ms. Real's "Diaphanous Weavings" and Ms. Lee's "Last Game: The Children of Enola Gay," displayed each woman's strong imagery and ability to make points subtly and intelligently. While each has her own distinct voice, their dances complemented each other the way friends do.

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