Above: Chazz Fenner-McBride, Katie Martin Lohiya, Blake Hennessy-York and Sarah Pon in Lydia Johnson's NIGHT AND DREAMS; photo by Dmitry Beryozkin
On Sunday October 12th, 2014, Lydia Johnson Dance continued their on-going series of salon presentations: intimate gatherings of friends of the Company featuring some dancing, some conversation, and a glass of wine. A goodly crowd assembled at the Gelsey Kirkland studios this afternoon, and my friend Dmitry Beryozkin tried his hand at dance photography for the first time.
Excerpts from two contrasted works were shown: NIGHT AND DREAMS, set to Schubert lieder, and a work-in-progress, WHAT COUNTS, with music by The Bad Plus. NIGHT AND DREAMS was performed complete today, in a chamber version with a slighly smaller ensemble than appeared in the original performances.
The theme of today's salon was "Partnering" and NIGHT AND DREAMS abounds in partnered passages, notably some beautiful adagio work for Kerry Shea and guest artists Carlos Lopez (above).
A duet for two men throws a different physical dynamic into the mix, as the boys described in a post-showing chat. Above: Chazz Fenner-McBride and Blake Hennessy-York.
A frequent motif in NIGHT AND DREAMS finds the boys lowering the girls in dips (above) which vary in speed and depth...
...Chazz Fenner-McBride and Laura DiOrio, above.
More of Dmitry's images from NIGHT AND DREAMS:
Entrance of the dancers
Kerry Shea and Carlos Lopez
Chazz Fenner-McBride and Blake Hennessy-York
The NIGHT AND DREAMS ensemble: Blake Hennessy-York, Katie Martin Lohiya, Laura DiOrio, Carlos Lopez, Kerry Shea, Chazz Fenner-McBride and Sarah Pon.
After a costume-changing break, Blake Hennessy-York and Sarah Pon (above) performed a duet from WHAT COUNTS. This duet evokes the complexities of intimate relationships where emotions can sweep from deep affection to antagonism in a flash. The jazz-rooted music of The Bad Plus serves surprisingly well in Lydia's fusion of ballet and contemporary techniques.
More of Sarah and Blake:
Final image of the duet
All photography by Dmitry Beryozkin.