LANCE GRIES: IF IMMANENT FIELD
March 2, 2014
Chairs surrounded the performance space offering a 360-degree view of Lance Gries’ IF Immanenet Field at Danspace Project. A fabulous dancer with Trisha Brown from 1985-1991, Lance Gries retains his beautifully proportioned body and technical control. His collection of dancers, Diane Madden, Juliette Mapp and Jimena Paz possess the space with their open bodies and steady tenchnique. The dancers lap methodically through the space in individualized sequences projecting one legged balances that slip into steady lunges and walks balanced by arms out-stretched.
As if guided by interstellar sonar, dancers are drawn from corner to corner by the glow of standing lights, intimately pulling up close to seated audience members. Into the midst, Diane Madden--Trisha Brown’s lead dancer for many years and rehearsal director--enters wrapped in reflective silver panels. Quirkily twisting and turning, she forms a gravitational pull, like an inter-stellar, prankster goddess dropping by to see how the community is faring.
Overall, control and efficiency connect dance movements stretching into meditative passages that effortlessly rise into stirring visual afterimages with just a spot of humor.
EYE ON THE ARTS< NY -- Celia Ipiotis