Gabrielle Revlock’s Share is one droll take on a contemporary generation’s obsession with sharing personal biography and its impediments to intimacy. Through highly original dance moves, pattern, set, and musical score, Revlock has created a dance/performance work of refreshing delight performed by Revlock, Gregory Holt, and Bonnie Friel.
Set around an enormous elephant costume, Lionel Popkin’s quartet There Is An Elephant In This Dance looks at issues of how a singular body can house multiple histories and the difficulty of aligning oneself with a single cultural identity. Choreographer/performer Lionel Popkin will be joined by “Bessie” Award winning dancer Carolyn Hall and the inimitable Ishmael Houston-Jones, all slyly interrupted by special guest Heather Murphy, set to an original score by Robert Een.
The elephant is a rich and contradictory image in this work. First it evokes Ganesh, the mythological god of fortune and the remover of obstacles, but it also retains its long-standing relationship to memory, which is, of course, a very difficult obstacle to overcome. Finally, the bulkiness of the elephant’s body shifts our perception of the dancing figure and what it should look like. The distinction between the zoologically costumed body of the elephant and the human under layer serves as an apt metaphor for how external skin as a marker of identity is in contrast to the underlying complexity of the person underneath.