Friday September 25, 2010 - We dropped in on dancer/choreographer Bennyroyce Royon (above) at the Rover Studios on Wooster Street where he was working with four dancers in an informal setting.
Nearly half of Benny's studio space had been overtaken by a big collection of all sorts of lamps which had arrived early for an upcoming installation. Undaunted, Benny and the girls got into an exploration of movement thru improvisation and abstraction.
Demonstrating a basic pattern of steps which radiated fluid motion thru the torso and arms, Benny - one of the smoothest movers I've ever seen - got the girls into the flow of things with his easy-going style and positive feedback.
The four women - very different physical types - picked up on Benny's energy and his centered spirit. The room was full of the expressive energy of the body in motion. Kokyat and I really enjoyed the experience; here are some of K's images from the afternoon:
Melissa Peraldo and Benny
Abby Geartner works it (above and below)...
Carson & Melissa
Melissa & Carson
In the weeks since I first met Bennyroyce Royon this past April, he has presented an evening of dance entitled The Chronos Project, danced with Karole Armitage's company at the Cedar Lake Theater, and went to Aarhaus, Denmark with his colleague Natsuki Arai to dance a Brian Carey Chung duet, LONELY HOUSE.
Today's dancers: Carson Reiners, Melissa Peraldo, Abby Geartner, Cat Cogliandro with Benny.
All photos: Kokyat.