Tuesday April 3, 2012 - Last season I really enjoyed Amanda Selwyn's FIVE MINUTES and so I was glad to have an opportunity to meet her today at a rehearsal for her upcoming performances of DETOUR (previews at Dixon Place on April 17th, and then an excerpt-showing at Peridance May 19th & 20th; performances at NY Live Arts - formerly Dance Theater Workshop - June 21st thru 23rd). I brought along photographer Brian Krontz to today's rehearsal which took place down on Judson Street.
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Amanda has the great good fortune to have an fascinating rehearsal space: a fourth-floor art gallery in a slightly-spooky-elevator building. Two huge windows cast reflected light onto the glossy floor while the artwork on the walls creates a effortless sense of the theatrical. I love the way she works with her dancers: DETOUR seems pretty well set choreographically and she's at the point of refining nuances and clarifying gestures. The musical collage for the piece is dance-worthy and evokes differing moods. And her dancers are really interesting to watch as individuals.
A couple of the dancers couldn't make today's session but we were still able to get a very clear idea of what DETOUR will look like in its finished state. It's always nice to see dancers I already know in a new context: Justin Lynch and Francisco Silvino (both of whom I met via Nai-Ni Chen) were looking really good today.
Here are some of Brian's images from the rehearsal:
Catherine Coury, Heather Fleischman
Heather Fleischman, Francisco Silvino
Jenny Gillian (foreground)
Justin Lynch (foreground)
While Brian was doing the official shooting, I was making yet another stab at dance photography; some of my images are here.
As everyone packed up to leave, I arranged with Amanda to come back to her studio again, and to photograph her NYLA dress rehearsal.