Nov 22, 2006

Dance, Sucka! [LINK]

From a Village Voice dance review by Deborah Jowitt:

In the most cryptic moment of David Dorfman's overwhelming and challenging Underground, Jennifer Nugent says to Karl Rogers, "I don't know how to be. Should I . . . ?" Here she lashes herself into a rage, hurtling to the floor and up again -- body as incoherent weapon. "Or should I . . . ?" Now her fury is bottled up, seething through her tense, shaking body.

Underground poses very large questions. What is the difference between a terrorist and an activist? When is violence justified, and to what extent? Dorfman's controversial remarks to the audience weigh his admiration for the daring and courage of the militant Weathermen (a '60s and '70s offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society) against the Weathermen's selective use of violence....

Underground expresses in words and movement his distress over American citizens' apathy in the face of political corruption and threats of terrorism. Patrick Ferreri recounts a journey from impotent anger to no longer caring. Nugent delivers a terrorist's scary justification: "If I kill one person," she says, "I could save three people." She multiplies this flawed ratio into billions of dead and, with a pointing finger, includes us among them....

After almost 50 minutes, the dancing, questions, screams, crashes, and bursts of light die down to reveal Poulson frozen in the lunge-with-fist pose. Nugent, Poerstel, and Tucker try to figure out what he represents -- a monument to what? Their conversation and some of what follows is a little heavy-handed....

I appreciate the "journey" to "no longer caring," for I have made a similar journey.
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