March 22, 2014
Chairs surrounded the performance space offering a 360-degree view of Lance Gries’ IF Immanenet Field at Danspace Project. A lauded dancer with Trisha Brown, 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, each performing individual sequences. One legged balances slip into steady lunges and walks balanced by arms stretched out followed by methodical laps through the space.
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. She forms a gravitational pull, quirkily twisting and turning, like the earth mother or the prankster goddess dropping in to see how the terrestrial community is faring.
Control and efficiency connect dance passages that stretch into meditative passages and effortlessly rise into stirring visual afterimages.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis