Monday May 9, 2011 - Gabrielle Lamb is creating a duet entitled TWOFOLD which will be featured as part of Brooklyn Ballet's First Look programme on Saturday May 14th (details here). Set to music of Anouar Brahem, the work was inspired by the image of a skeleton of conjoined Siamese twins. It might be thought to be a bizarre starting point, but it had led to an imaginative dance for two women who remain closely bound throughout.
Dancing in the work with Gabrielle is another dancer I greatly admire, Giorgia Bovo. Last year Giorgia gave a splendidly powerful performance in Brian Carey Chung's LONELY HOUSE:
"The highlight of the evening, and one of the most exciting dance performances in recent months, was a performance of Brian's duet LONELY HOUSE. I had seen this pas de deux in rehearsal earlier this year with different dancers. Tonight it was performed by Giorgia Bovo and Willy Laury, two beautiful and charismatic dancers who danced with restless sensuality, graphic physicality and hints of humour and self-indulgence that worked superbly in this setting of Abbey Lincoln songs."
Gabrielle spoke of the challenges of dancing one's own choreography: it's hard to get a feeling for how something looks when you are in the middle of it.
So Giorgia sometimes danced alone, with Gabrielle stepping back to assess the movement and imagine herself entwined with her sister.
Strikingly different physically, the girls were quite hypnotic to watch and the music underscores the movement ideally. I'd planned to watch for fifteen minutes but ended up staying for an hour.
Between the dancing and the wonderful ambience of the Gibney Studios I felt as close to dance as I'm ever likely to get.
It was so providential to connect with Gabrielle today at the MORPHOSES rehearsal; on her way out she mentioned that she was en route to Gibney and I said "I'll meet you there!" So I had an unexpectedly full afternoon/early evening of dance, thanks to Lourdes Lopez and Luca Veggetti of MORPHOSES, Gina Gibney and her dancers, and Gabrielle and Giorgia. I'm hoping there will be a future opportunity to see Gabrielle's TWOFOLD in performance.