A moving celebration of abstract dance – The Boston Globe

Caitlyn Corbett Dance Co

Jimena was performing with Caitlin Corbett at the ICA in Boston this past weekend. Today in the Globe: A moving celebration of abstract dance –   Jimena is the second from the front.

“The best abstract dances not only light up your eyes but tug at your heart. Yes, their architectural “rightness’’ — the sterling juxtaposition of their moving parts — hits you where you live. But the fact that human beings craft those lines, curves, and angles out of flesh and blood, breath and feeling, makes them pack an emotional wallop, too.

Friday night, in the glorious Institute of Contemporary Art theater, three of Boston’s premier abstract choreographers socked home that seeming contradiction.

Caitlin Corbett’s six female dancers shaped two offerings: “no obvious poetry, either’’ (premiere) and “Quiet Line/Hiljainen Viiva’’ (2009).

The dances are almost polar opposites. The first, a quartet, uses the driving music of the Books as its launching pad. Accelerating exponentially, it encapsulates Corbett’s aesthetic of skimming bodies capped by cryptic, idiosyncratic gestures executing phrases that celebrate movement itself with its dynamics, tempos, and shape and directional shifts. But it took “Quiet Line,’’ a dance for six, to show how those discrete gestures and floor patterns evoke meaning.

Set to a sound score ranging from Ann Steuernagel’s “found sounds’’ to Steve Reich’s “Six Marimbas,’’ “Quiet Line’’ springs from a still point: Corbett’s time, alone in Helsinki, where night goes on for days.

In this stark, glistening work, arms overhead descend like falling rain and individuals sprinting from a line are pulled back, as if by magnetic force. Comings and goings, in kaleidoscopic arrays, abound. Now all six dancers, in a row, raise their arms elbow first while enclosed in a rectangle of light; now one woman curves over another in a vertical spooning, recalling the tranquillity of isolation and the richness of bonding.”  Reviewed by Thea Singe


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