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Archive for September, 2010

they are still

slow dancing the night away at salt lake art center.
a review of the performance within the installation
is impending from matt beals.

but if you want to slow dance quietly on a lovely white dance floor to some ambiguous ambient music with dance hall interludes then salt lake art center is the place for you.


This weekend Sugar Space presented the premiere of their artists-in-residence inFluxdance. The group is a dedicated team of women under the direction of cross-continental collaborators Alysia Woodruff & Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp. With a large team of video, sound and design artists, inFluxdance certainly presented a lot of material to consider.

In it’s best moments, justice for all some presented honest and complex partnering between the uniquely all-female company. Their energy toward one another was sensitive and engaging. No matter your opinion of the topics they tackled each performer maintained strong investment in their subject matter and in one another. In that way, the piece was a pleasure to see.

In other moments the piece resembled another recent work which tackled protest and social justice. The work was reminiscent of David Dorfman’s underground and both dances feature strong performance and physical research. Unfortunately both works also share problematic parts. Featuring a lack of performers of color yet employing traditional iconography of civil rights creates tension. Both also use strong visual and aural components like video montage and an identical “step forward if, step back if” dialogue regarding the dancers’ relationship to social struggles like internment or suffrage.

In the end was another startling similarity where all the dancers started placing cloth figures of people about the space. Dorfman did the same thing but with graphics. And in both cases there was a startling sense that the piece was still figuring out its ultimate direction and what it wants to show regarding such a massive topic as protest.

inFluxdance (like Dorfman) seems at a crossroads of choosing whether the subject matter of the protests they support is where the piece lies (let’s not forget the Tea Partiers are protestors too) or whether, (as I imagine) that the piece lies more in about what protests do– bring bodies together and then watch bodies dissipate, show bodies in both revelry and suffering. The lingering image of all those small figures in the space alludes to this idea, that it’s more about the body and less about the design elements. In  justice for all some the dancing told the story and I would be interested to see what more it has to tell.

ashley anderson

ashley holds ba’s in dance and english from hollins university and an mfa from the hollins/american dance festival program. find her full bio at

more shows. reviews soon.

see below the link for one review of configurations by ririe-woodbury.

emily terndrup & mallory rosenthal will be adding their two cents after the saturday performance and you should too.
you can comment here now or on their review later. but comment.

i’ll comment now by saying (yet again) i’m constantly surprised at the range of each performer in that company. it’s exceptional and i enjoy seeing them move from one piece to the next. every time.

additionally i’ll throw it out there that i don’t know if i can watch men (gay or straight) toss women around or grab their mouths in 2010. i mean it is 2010. susan b. anthony? susan manning? anyone out there?

get it get it

Get the spring Mudson application

It’s free to apply. If accepted you’ll definitely get a DVD of your work, you might get a small stipend.

The show will be free for your friends to attend.

If you want to see what it’s like come to the show on Oct 18 before you apply. But apply. And tell your friends.

reminder about reviews….

the performance journal comes out in just a month.
it will feature a lot of things but at the back will be a fat stack of reviews of shows from the spring through the fall.

this is a reminder that if you want to write a review, or your random thoughts about a work, or a poem about the piece you wanted to make a result of seeing…..anything.
send it to

i’ll probably print it and will even more probably post it here.

there are three opportunities this weekend for just such a thing
ririe-woodbury thu-sat
sugar space artist-in-residence thu-sat
slac installation fri-sat with dances in the main gallery @9pm