Keigwin + Co’s Unique Modlin Performance Left Me Wanting More
The Modlin Center for the Arts presented New York based contemporary dance company Keigwin + Company this past Thursday and Friday. Larry Keigwin, the company’s artistic director, selected four unique pieces to share with his Richmond audience.
The show began with one of Keigwin’s most famous works, Mattress Suite. Broken into six sections this piece takes us through various relationship scenarios including solo performances of a bride and groom and a gay male threesome. The piece finally ends with a single woman flopping on the mattress to “At Last”. While I found some of the choreography interesting, I think a bit of editing would have gone a long way. The repetition of movement became predictable, the gimmick of the mattress dull and the piece in general felt too long.
The second piece, and the standout of the show, was Natural Selection. Fueled with athleticism and aggression, the dancers rebound off of the floor, each other, and even the walls. Darwinian theory is clear here as the dancers adapt their movements throughout the piece. The anticipation of who would be the last one standing was exhilarating.
The over the top Girls opened the second half of the show. Colored Mylar streamers hung from ceiling to floor as a trio of women weaved in and out of the glittering backdrops. The dreary menswear costuming, however, did not match the Vegas glam I assume Keigwin was going for. The dancing, while adorably performed, also left something to be desired.
The smoky and stark Triptych closed the show. Keigwin showcases his dancers well here as they turn and leap through the space. There is no question about their technical skill. They are fierce movers. I only wish the intensity and clarity of both Triptych and Natural Selection was present in the other works shown.
Keigwin + Company is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.
Rebecca A. Ferrell, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is a dance educator, choreographer and performer. She is currently the artistic director of FDANCE, a project dedicated to her work as an intervention dance artist. Rebecca holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She is currently adjunct faculty at VCU Dance and is in charge of dance curriculum at John Tyler Community College. When she is not dancing, Rebecca is making cupcakes, breaking hearts, and obsessing over the color pink.
photos via Ian A.H. Hurdle This week VCU Dance presents ERGO SUM, the Fall Senior Dance Project in Two Parts at the Grace Street Theater. The twelve emerging dance artists present their capstone projects as a graduate requirement in earning their BFA in Dance and Choreography at VCU Dance. Broken into two different programs, the [...]November 21, 2013
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