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.