GIBNEY COMPANY Review by Celia Ipiotis

Gibney Company in Sonay Tayeh's "Oh Courage" with music by the Bengsons


Three choreographers built pieces on a texturally impressive company of dancers: Lucien Oyen, a choreographer, director and playwright from Sweden; Rena Butler, dancer and Gibney Company Choreographic Associate; plus Sonya Tayeh, Tony-award winning choreographer of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Text and movement flowed through a shadowed space in Lucien Oyen's The Game is Rigged set to Gunnar Innvaer's sound design. Pedestrian movements stretched through modern dance forms revealing dancers equally capable of speaking and moving. With roots in the European dance theater movement, most visibly promoted by PIna Bausch, Oyen's choreography honed in on internal narratives spilling out of dancers' gestures.

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