New York City
United as a single organism, bodies share the space in scintillating
intimacy: a conjunction sliding from tenderness to aggression, frustration to harmony with the same organic eddying that directs the flow of momentum from one to another. Gravity becomes a metaphor for love as intricate floor work articulates an inescapable force that is as impersonal as it is personally felt. Fierce athleticism and suspended stillness mirror the turbulence and serenity of relationship in all its richness and uncertainty.
A nexus of the infinite facets of human connection, Khecari Dance Theatre’s Dyad presents us on stage as we are in life: beings struggling to meet each other in fulfilling needs we barely understand, and, when we least expect it, falling afraid into the redemption we couldn’t foresee. It is the cellular sensing and communication that sidesteps our cerebral oversight, the riot in the basement of animal beings contending with the tyranny of our social selves, the communion of creatures fleeing the human isolation of our technological world.
Dyad is an evening-length duet choreographed by Khecari’s artistic director, Jonathan Meyer, with new music for guitar and cello from Nathaniel Braddock and Jason McDermott. Dancers Lia Bonfilio and Jonathan Meyer shine in executing movement ranging from tango to kung-fu movie choreography, capoeira to modern dance, ballet to butoh. A work-in-progress of Dyad won the gold medal award for best in dance at the 2006 Boulder International Fringe Festival. An excerpt of this performance is available for viewing here.
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