towards / traverse / terrain
|Lighting devised by :
| John Utans
|Performed by :
Awarded First Prize
'Genesis' - International Choreography Competition.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. March 2002.
A piece that explores notions of travel. Shifting
relationships and perspective's both of the landscape
and the encountered body...
'Towards' dance has winning density'
By TOM STRINI
Journal Sentinel dance critic. Milwaukee
March 21, 2002
John Utans' "Towards/Traverse/Terrain," with
Matt Bruno, Jennifer Miller, Melissa Watson, Candice
Thompson, Karisa Stich, Adam McKinney and Kuan-Lin Fan,
music by Susan Hawkins.
It seems so austere, with the industrial lighting and
Hawkins' intermittent gonging. The gnarly dancing happens
as much at the edges of the frame as at the center,
and it refuses to move to anything like a climax. But
when you focus in, you see just how dense and intensely
physical the action is. And as the dance unfolds, the
structural links between those seemingly random movements
assert themselves. It's fascinating, but this is a dance
for the connoisseur, or at least a viewer with a hardworking
eye. It's all about connecting the dots.
05:02 a.m. March 25, 2002
"Genesis" showcases quartet of talented choreographers
By Catherine Jozwik
Australian choreographer John Utans followed with "Towards/Traverse/Terrain/,"
which consisted of contemporary piano music composed
by Susan Hawkins, periods of dead silence with only
footwork to set the tone, and contradictory dance moves.
Sometimes slow and languid, other times up-tempo, the
piece suggested intimate romanticism as well as a strong
presence of bitterness and jealousy.
While the men frequently danced alone, the women would
watch longingly. Other times, couples would dance closely,
although not exactly with each other.