CELIA IPIOTIS Reviews GALLIM DANCE
Photo by Anna Henderson
New York, New York--GALLIM Dance founder and choreographer, Andrea Miller, is expert at taking minimal movements and sewing them into maximum sensual events. Founded in 2007, the company's ethos is reminiscent of Ohad Naharin's Gaga style of community movement, propelled into a future of continual motion.
At the Joyce Theater, Gallim celebrated 15 years of activity and presented a full evening of works. Some claimed Miller's most potent territory, others wandered a bit wide.
One of the more memorable pieces State by Andrea Miller along with Kyle Abraham rode over an engrossing score by Nico Jaar. Gesturally conversational, a simmering sensuality undergirds the visually appealing layering of repeated forms.
Moving as a single unit, the wonderful India Hobbs. Vivian Pankkanen and Emma Thesing speak in short, isolated motions that create a sense of sisterhood.
There was much ado about Song a solo choreographed by the city's Krumping giant Brian "Hollow Dreamz" Henry. However, after the opening night performance the company decided to pull solo from the program.
Originally choreographed for the Juilliard Dance department, From features dancers in beige bodysuits emerging and disappearing in a smoky landscape streaked by Nico Jar's compelling score streaked with sounds of glass breaking. A multitude of duets supporting one body against another merge into a flood of humanity.
A responsive, encouraging audience was clearly eager for future seasons.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis